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.
Pamphlet on Ravening by Lucie Brock-Broido (22 May 1956-6 March 2018)
4th April 2018

You cannot will intoxication, vertigo, a ravening or wild

Love. Of wisdom, I have plenty,


Like a keep of potted meats before the blizzard comes.

Of sweetness, I’ve a bowl of plenty too,


Though it’s against the law to harbor wonder


In the prison of the Post-Hellenic world where

I move easily

Miraculous and moving


On the slower barge

Up the River Hubris in the post-curiouser world.



I was a hunger artist once, as well.

My bones had shone.

I had had rapture on my side.