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.
People Equal by James Berry (1924-2017)
20th June 2018

Some people shoot up tall. 
Some hardly leave the ground at all. 
Yet-people equal. Equal. 

One voice is a sweet mango. 
Another is a non sugar tomato. 
Yet-people equal. Equal. 

Some people rush to the front. 
Others hang back, feeling they can’t. 
Yet-people equal. Equal. 

Hammer some people, you meet a wall. 
Blow hard on others, they fall. 
Yet-people equal. Equal. 

One person will aim at a star. 
For another, a hilltop is too far. 
Yet-people equal. Equal. 

Some people get on with their show. 
Others never get on the go. 
Yet-People equal. Equal.