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.
The City a Wrecked Ship by Amal Dunqul
26th July 2017

I feel I am alone tonight;

and the city, with its ghosts and tall

buildings, is a wrecked ship

that pirates looted long ago

and sent to the ocean’s bottom.

At that time the captain leaned his head

against the railing. Beneath his feet

lay a broken wine bottle, shards

of a precious metal. And the sailors

clung to the silent masts,

and through their ragged clothes

swam sad fish of memory.

Silent daggers, growing moss, baskets

of dead cats . . . Nothing pulses

in this acquiescent world.


             translated by Sharif Elmusa/Thomas G. Ezzy