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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

Hallowed Be Thy Name (From Waiting For Julia)

My son brings a butterfly

in from the garden

letís the silky thing fall

from his palms

onto the dining room table

where I am working.

I see that it is dead

not able to lift its wings

and in that heart space

radiant and bare

I know that we speak

a butterfly language

know that I carry him still

within the cells of my body

those adolescent limbs

a painful unfolding.

-- Terry Ann Carter

Terry Ann Carter

Terry Ann Carter reading poetry in Ottawa, Ontario at the CIBC Run For the Cure

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