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 Shadow on the Stone by Thomas Hardy
21st February 2018

      I went by the Druid stone

   That broods in the garden white and lone,

And I stopped and looked at the shifting shadows

   That at some moments fall thereon

   From the tree hard by with a rhythmic swing,

   And they shaped in my imagining

To the shade that a well-known head and shoulders

   Threw there when she was gardening.

      I thought her behind my back,

   Yea, her I long had learned to lack,

And I said: ‘I am sure you are standing behind me,

   Though how do you get into this old track?’

   And there was no sound but the fall of a leaf

   As a sad response; and to keep down grief

I would not turn my head to discover

   That there was nothing in my belief.

      Yet I wanted to look and see

   That nobody stood at the back of me;

But I thought once more: ‘Nay, I’ll not unvision

   A shape which, somehow, there may be.’

   So I went on softly from the glade,

   And left her behind me throwing her shade,

As she were indeed an apparition—

   My head unturned lest my dream should fade.