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.
Autobiography by Thom Gunn (1929-2004)
4th July 2018

The sniff of the real, that’s

what I’d want to get

how it felt

to sit on Parliament

Hill on a May evening

studying for exams skinny

seventeen dissatisfied

yet sniffing such

a potent air, smell of

grass in heat from

the day’s sun


I’d been walking through the damp

rich ways by the ponds

and now lay on the upper

grass with Lamartine’s poems


life seemed all

loss, and what was more

I’d lost whatever it was

before I’d even had it


a green dry prospect

distant babble of children

and beyond, distinct at

the end of the glow

St. Paul’s like a stone thimble


longing so hard to make

inclusions that the longing

has become in memory

an inclusion