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 Swimmer by Countee Cullen (1903-1946)
7th March 2018

With the waves that rush against you, ever with invincible strength returningNow as I watch you, strong of arm and endurance, battling and struggling


Into my heart, grown each day more tranquil and peaceful, comes a fierce longing

Of mind and soul that will not be appeased until, like you, I breast yon deep and boundless expanse of blue.


With an outward stroke of power intense your mighty arm goes forth,

Cleaving its way through waters that rise and roll, ever a ceaseless vigil keeping

Over the treasures beneath.


My heart goes out to you of dauntless courage and spirit indomitable,

And though my lips would speak, my spirit forbids me to ask,

“Is your heart as true as your arm?”