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.
Interim by Clarissa Scott Delany (1901 - 1927)
4th December 2019

The night was made for rest and sleep,

For winds that softly sigh;

It was not made for grief and tears;

So then why do I cry?


The wind that blows through leafy trees

Is soft and warm and sweet;

For me the night is a gracious cloak

To hide my soul’s defeat.


Just one dark hour of shaken depths,

Of bitter black despair—

Another day will find me brave,

And not afraid to dare.