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 Waken an Old Lady by William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963)
29th November 2017

Old age is

a flight of small

cheeping birds


bare trees

above a snow glaze.

Gaining and failing

they are buffeted

by a dark wind –

But what?

On harsh weedstalks

the flock has rested,

The snow

is covered with broken


And the wind tempered

by a shrill

piping of plenty.