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.
The Struggle Staggers Us by Margaret Walker (1915 - 1998)
13th December 2017

Our birth and death are easy hours like sleep       
and food and drink. The struggle staggers us

for bread, for pride, for simple dignity.           
And this is more than fighting to exist,

more than revolt and war and human odds.           
There is a journey from the Me to You.

There is a journey from the You to Me.          
A union of the two strange worlds must be.

           
Ours is a struggle from a too warm bed,

too cluttered with a patience full of sleep.
Out of this blackness we must struggle forth;
from want of bread, of pride, of dignity.
Struggle between the morning and the night.
This marks our years, this settles, too, our plight.