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Published: 22nd May 2021

Images by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

This poem was placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "ALL YOURS" (May 23) Poetry Contest.

This is one of five short poems I have written under the umbrella title of 'London Town'

The Camden Markets are a number of adjoining retail markets that are often collectively referred to as Camden Market or Camden Lock.


charm(ed) bracelets and bangles and books on strange science in fogs of whatever all sold by the locks as sellers in cellars with culture on counters sell lifestyles with street food and vinyl as clocks.

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Date: 6/6/2021 7:27:00 AM
Nice one. My wife and I bought her wedding dress and my colourful wedding shirt at Camden Market ...
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Gary Radice
Date: 6/6/2021 8:00:00 AM
That is as cool as it is brilliant Kai :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 5/31/2021 9:34:00 AM
Congrats on your placement in the contest and on the published works. Way to go. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/31/2021 9:44:00 AM
Thank you Sara for the congratulations for the contest but I have to tell you that this poem or any of the London poems haven't been published - and I very much doubt they ever will be. The image is for fun only - a sort of mini anthology for Poetry Soup readers only. :) Cheers - Gary - (NB: The original book image referred to here in the comments has since been replaced.)
Date: 5/29/2021 2:36:00 AM
Another fly on the wall insight into the ‘real’ London (of my youth) The atmosphere that exudes from your poems is all the more profound for their all speaking brevity. Terry
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/29/2021 2:42:00 AM
Cheers Terry - Thanks for the thumbs up. There was a 6th poem Charing Cross but I withdrew it on account of it being terrible. :) May have another shot at it and then that's London Town done and dusted. Cheers - Gary
Date: 5/23/2021 10:21:00 AM
Love your slice of life series on London Gary. Thank you for the guided tour. I loved London when I visited. Congratulations on your win and creative series. And, as you say, cheers!
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 5/25/2021 10:50:00 AM
What a great idea Gary. Perhaps you can suggest that to Mark - maybe using a unifying theme of place or some other focus.
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/23/2021 11:04:00 AM
:) Thanks Sam! Just one more in the series to go. Thank you for your valued comments as always. I would love to see PS offer up the ability for Soupers to be able to put mini anthologies together from their lists of poems. Cheers - Gary
Date: 5/22/2021 7:17:00 AM
You captured the hustle and bustle of Camden Market well in your verse Gary. Its known world wide, sadly I've never been. Tom
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Gary Radice
Date: 5/22/2021 7:32:00 AM
Tom thanks again for your valued comments. The weird thing about Camden Lock is - that in name anyway - it doesn't actually exist! The three locks on The Regent's Canal are Kentish Town, Hawley (both near Camden) and - further away - Hampstead lock. The last time we were there I felt money had moved in and the area was in the process of gentrification. Still the area makes for a great browse in a morning but its lost some of its seedy gothicness it once had in my opinion.