‘Aginst Th’ Law’ by Woody Guthrie

‘Aginst Th’ Law’

by Woody Guthrie

“It´s aginst th´ law to walk, It´s aginst th´ law to talk
It´s against th´ law to loaf, It´s aginst th´ law to work
It´s aginst th´ law to read, It´s aginst th´ law to write
It´s aginst th´ law to be a black or brown or white.

Ever´thing’s aginst th´ law
I´m a low pay daddy singing th´ high price blues…”

You can read the complete poem here. Woody Guthrie was born on this day in 1912, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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‘Night’ by Wole Soyinka

‘Night’

by Wole Soyinka

“Your hand is heavy, Night, upon my brow.
I bear no heart mercuric like the clouds,
to dare.
Exacerbation from your subtle plough…”

You can read the complete poem here. Wole Soyinka was born on this day in 1934, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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‘Don’t Go Far Off’ by Pablo Neruda

‘Don’t Go Far Off’

by Pablo Neruda

“Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because —
because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station…”

Pablo Neruda was born on this day in 1904, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

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‘A Silly Poem’ by Spike Milligan

‘A Silly Poem’

by Spike Milligan

“Said Hamlet to Ophelia…”

You can read the full poem and more of Spike Milligan’s silly rhymes here. Last month the Headley Poetry Group discussed nonsense verse so inevitably Spike Milligan was a source of inspiration.

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‘Adrian Mole: The Collected Poems’ – Book of the Week

‘Adrian Mole: The Collected Poems’ by Sue Townsend41GmNL9FNOL

Available from Surrey Libraries. (A small request charge may apply).

Have you read it? Please leave a review on our catalogue.

Surrey Libraries : Poetry Book of the Week

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‘Loneliness’ by Anna Banasiak

‘Loneliness’

by Anna Banasiak

“I’m listening to the immense sounds of the sea
amidst the echoes of the past
the sky absorbs moments
I forget the names and shapes of things
in the chaos of passing
standing on the shore
in the absolute loneliness
the waves are taking time
which has left
turning the memories
into emptiness”

Thank you to Anna Banasiak for sending us this wonderful poem.

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‘A Lament’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘A Lament’

by Percy Bysshe ShelleyDSCF9120

“O World! O Life! O Time!
On whose last steps I climb,
Trembling at that where I had stood before;
When will return the glory of your prime?
No more -Oh, never more!

Out of the day and night
A joy has taken flight:
Fresh spring, and summer, and winter hoar
Move my faint heart with grief, but with delight
No more -Oh, never more!”

Percy Bysshe Shelley died on this day in 1822, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets.

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