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The Metamorphosis by Anna Banasiak

The Metamorphosis


life fell apart
in the shade
of being

in silence
I play

in existence

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Our Future Selves – Free Spoken word events in Surrey Libraries

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Library Ology by Benjamin Zephaniah

Library Ology


Photo by Stiller Beobachter

I have a date with Su Ling Lee
We’re meeting by the library
At 5 o’clock by history
I’ll show her some mythology
And if we have the energy
We’ll check out some theology
And if there is good chemistry
We’ll dance by musicology

We’ll sail through oceanology
And get some cool lithology
And roundabout psychology
I’ll sweet talk her topology
With science and technology
We’ll have some sociology
And touch each others botany
With organic homoeopathy

To read the full poem click here.

photo by Stiller Beobachter


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The Blue Boat by Kathleen Jamie

The Blue Boat


How late the daylight edges

toward the northern night

as though journeying

in a blue boat, gilded in mussel shell


by Kathleen Jamie

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You can find more of her work here

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The Apparition by Herman Melville


Photo by Geoff Llerena

The Apparition 

(A Retrospect)
Convulsions came; and, where the field
Long slept in pastoral green,
A goblin-mountain was upheaved
(Sure the scared sense was all deceived),
Marl-glen and slag-ravine.
The unreserve of Ill was there,
The clinkers in her last retreat;
But, ere the eye could take it in,
Or mind could comprehension win,
It sunk!—and at our feet.
So, then, Solidity’s a crust—
The core of fire below;
all may go well for many a year,
But who can think without a fear
Of horrors that happen so?
Herman Melville was born in 1819 and died on his day in 1891.
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It’s National Poetry Day!

It’s National Poetry Day and we are launching a poetry competition!

For more information on this and further events to mark National Libraries Week please visit the Surrey Libraries websitePoetry competition

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Healing a Lunatic Boy by Charles Causley


Photo by Daisy Ware-Jarrett

Healing a Lunatic Boy

Trees turned and talked to me,
Tigers sang,
Houses put on leaves,
Water rang.
Flew in, flew out
On my tongue’s thread
A speech of birds
From my hurt head.

At my fine loin
Fire and cloud kissed,
Rummaged the green bone
Beneath my wrist.
I saw a sentence
Of fern and tare
Write with loud light
The mineral air.

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Charles Causley was born on this day in 1917.   To find more of his work, click here

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