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.
Little Boy by John La Rose (1927 - 2006)
22nd January 2020

Come here, little boy

Come closer

Let my arms surround you;


Night is cold

Winter a sullen stranger;


The diaspora deducted the sun

Adding indifference—


The tumbler tilts coconut water

The warm sea laps the salt;


Come little boy

We’ve come a cropper

That’s where we belong.