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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


Another thrush, its white underbelly
like a small shout. And at my feet,
pale lavender, a throat of yellow,
crocus - whose song is spring:
I am always here
under darkness.

I look up to a watercolour sky
the sun heavy on my winter coat
earth squelching with yesterdayıs rain,
clouds thin and meandering and far away
above the darker blue of the Olympics
white feathers of last monthıs snow.

Gray branches flaked with old skin -
at the edge of the long bones, a soft trembling
Slash of silence, then sound
a fever of calling: I am here.
Where are you.

-- Barbara Pelman

Barbara Pelman

Barbara Pelman poeming the school police liaison officer in Victoria, BC

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