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.
What Is Poetry by John Ashbery (28 July 1927 - 3 September 2017)
6th September 2017

The medieval town, with frieze

Of boy scouts from Nagoya? The snow


That came when we wanted it to snow?

Beautiful images? Trying to avoid


Ideas, as in this poem? But we

Go back to them as to a wife, leaving


The mistress we desire? Now they

Will have to believe it


As we believe it. In school

All the thought got combed out:


What was left was like a field.

Shut your eyes, and you can feel it for miles around.


Now open them on a thin vertical path.

It might give us—what?—some flowers soon?