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October 3rd - 9th: A celebration of poetry and literacy in cities across Canada, the UK, and Ireland.

The second annual Random Acts of Poetry week is a Canadian initiative that promotes poetry, poets and literacy in a fresh way to everyday people in their everyday lives. This year, 27 poets from across Canada will be joined by 10 poets from England, Scotland and Ireland, making the event truly international after only one year. Watch for local poets from your community reading poems to people on the street, at bus stops, schools, libraries, hair salons and in local schools.

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Poem of the Day

Bushparty, Great Slave Lake

Caught out in a north
widening, with the wind,
between two skins
of earth and dark sky,
everyone is drunk,

there is no way
home except the swaying
back of a pick
up, cold road a black
brushstroke the truck
smudges with accidental
brakes, marks of
tire treads.

Now and then
through hair blown in
your eyes, through
swerving bodies
breaths, sour clouds
of beer and sick,

the sky leans in
to kiss your way, wears
your path home in pink
northern light, a trace
of lipstick
on its starred black cheek.

-- Sonnet L'Abbé

Wendy McGrath

Wendy McGrath "poeming" local business sponsor Cargo & James Tea Shop staffers in Edmonton, Alberta

Random Acts of Poetry

“I love to promote poetry anywhere, will stop strangers to read them poems and otherwise commit random acts of poetry. I thought it would be a good idea for poets across Canada to do the same thing.”

-- Wendy Morton, Founder