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.
It’s Raining in Love by Richard Brautigan (1935-1984)
18th July 2018

I don’t know what it is, 
 but I distrust myself 
 when I start to like a girl 
 a lot. 

 It makes me nervous. 
 I don’t say the right things 
 or perhaps I start 
 to examine, 
 what I am saying. 

 If I say, “Do you think it’s going to rain?” 
 and she says, “I don’t know,” 
 I start thinking : Does she really like me? 

 In other words 
 I get a little creepy. 

 A friend of mine once said, 
 “It’s twenty times better to be friends 
 with someone 
 than it is to be in love with them.” 

 I think he’s right and besides, 
 it’s raining somewhere, programming flowers 
 and keeping snails happy. 
 That’s all taken care of. 


 if a girl likes me a lot 
 and starts getting real nervous 
 and suddenly begins asking me funny questions 
 and looks sad if I give the wrong answers 
 and she says things like, 
 “Do you think it’s going to rain?” 
 and I say, “It beats me,” 
 and she says, “Oh,” 
 and looks a little sad 
 at the clear blue California sky, 
 I think : Thank God, it’s you, baby, this time 
 instead of me.