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.
Dusting by Marilyn Nelson
30th August 2017

Thank you for these tiny

particles of ocean salt,

pearl-necklace viruses,

winged protozoans:

for the infinite,

intricate shapes

of submicroscopic

living things.


For algae spores

and fungus spores,

bonded by vital

mutual genetic cooperation,

spreading their

inseparable lives

from equator to pole.


My hand, my arm,

make sweeping circles.

Dust climbs the ladder of light.

For this infernal, endless chore,

for these eternal seeds of rain:

Thank you. For dust.