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.
Testament by Carolyn Rodgers (1940-2010)
30th January 2019


in the august of your life

you come barefoot to me

the blisters of events

having worn through to the

soles of your shoes.


it is not the time

this is not the time


there is no such time

to tell you

that some pains ease away

on the ebb & toll of


there is no such dream that

can not fail, nor is hope our

only conquest.

we can stand boldly in burdening places (like earth here)

in our blunderings, our bloomings

our palms, flattened upward or pressed,

an unyielding down.