What is poetry town?

Poetry Town began in 2015 with a weekly poem displayed in the window of Kirkdale Bookshop. Following overwhelmingly positive responses from customers we have decided to partner with Sydenham Arts to build on the idea and fill Sydenham with poetry­ not just by famous poets but by local people, both young and old.
Sonnet by Mary Wroth (1587-1651?)
13th February 2019

Love like a juggler comes to play his prize,

And all minds draw his wonders to admire,

To see how cunningly he, wanting eyes,

Can yet deceive the best sight of desire.

The wanton child, how he can feign his fire

So prettily, as none sees his disguise,

How finely do his tricks, while we fools hire

The badge and office of his tyrannies!

For in the end, such juggling he doth make,

As he our hearts instead of eyes does take;

For men can only by their sleights abuse

The sight with nimble and delightful skill;

But if he play, his gain is our lost will;

Yet childlike, we cannot his sports refuse.