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.
New Year by Bei Dao
3rd January 2018

a child carrying flowers walks toward the new year

a conductor tattooing darkness

listens to the shortest pause

hurry a lion into the cage of music

hurry stone to masquerade as a recluse

moving in parallel nights

who’s the visitor? when the days all

tip from nests and fly down roads

the book of failure grows boundless and deep

each and every moment’s a shortcut

I follow it through the meaning of the East

returning home, closing death’s door