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 Mounting Summer, Brilliant and Ominous by Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966)
28th March 2018

A yellow-headed, gold-hammered, sunflower-lanterned

Summer afternoon: after the sun soared and soared

All morning to the marble shining heights of marvellous blue,

Like lions insurgent, bursting out of a great zoo,

As if all vividness poured down, poured out, poured

Over, bursting and breaking in all the altitudes of blaze,

As when the whole ocean rises, in irresistible motion,


The roar of the heart in a shell or the roar of the sea beyond the

   concessions of possession and the secessions of time’s fearful

   procession, precious even in its continuous perishing.