Author Archives: jmgale

About jmgale

I try very hard and am sometimes right.

Pike by Ted Hughes

Pike Pike, three inches long, perfect Pike in all parts, green tigering the gold. Killers from the egg: the malevolent aged grin. They dance on the surface among the flies. Or move, stunned by their own grandeur, Over a bed … Continue reading

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Ted Hughes is Elvis Presley by Ian McMillan

Ted Hughes is Elvis Presley I didn’t die that hot August night. I faked it, stuffed a barrage balloon into a jump suit. Left it slumped on the bathroom floor. Hitched a ride on a rig rolling to New York. … Continue reading

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The Badger by John Clare

The Badger by John Clare When midnight comes a host of dogs and men Go out and track the badger to his den, And put a sack within the hole, and lie Till the old grunting badger passes bye. He … Continue reading

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Gairmscoile by Hugh MacDiarmid

Aulder than mammoth or than mastodon Deep i’ the herts o’ a’ men lurk scaut-heid Skrymmorie monsters few daur look upon. Brides sometimes catch their wild een, scansin’ reid, Beekin’ abune the herts they thocht to lo’e And horror-stricken ken … Continue reading

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‘Summer with Monica’ by Roger McGough

‘Summer with Monica’ by Roger McGough.  50th anniversary edition illustrated by Chris Riddell. Available from Surrey Libraries. (A small request charge may apply). Have you read it? Please leave a review on our catalogue.  

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Sea Fever by John Masefield

Sea Fever by John Masefield I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; And the wheel’s kick and … Continue reading

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