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.
May by John Shaw Neilson (1872-1942)
15th May 2019

Shyly the silver-hatted mushrooms make

Soft entrance through,

And undelivered lovers, half awake,

Hear noises in the dew.


Yellow in all the earth and in the skies,

The world would seem

Faint as a widow mourning with soft eyes

And falling into dream.


Up the long hill I see the slow plough leave

Furrows of brown;

Dim is the day and beautiful; I grieve

To see the sun go down.


But there are suns a many for mine eyes

Day after day:

Delightsome in grave greenery they rise,

Red oranges in May.