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.
To the Main Roads Board by Rickety Kate (1898-1971)
22nd May 2019

Leave me one road, an old road,

              Of red dust or brown,

A road that swings through singing gums

              Into some little town.


Leave me a road, a brave road,

            Marked with incredible scars,

Where the scent of the dust is sweet in the rain,

          And small pools mirror stars.


Leave me a road, a still road,

          Deep fringed with bracken and grass,

Where a man may walk and birds may play,

         Fearless of things that pass.