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.
Dawn Wail for the Dead by Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal tribe (1920-1993)
5th June 2019

Dim light of daybreak now

Faintly over the sleeping camp.

Old lubra first to wake remembers:

First thing every dawn

Remember the dead, cry for them.

Softly at first her wail begins,

One by one as they wake and hear

Join in the cry, and the whole camp

Wails for the dead, the poor dead

Gone from here to the Dark Place.

They are remembered.

Then it is over, life now,

Fires lit, laughter now,

And a new day calling.