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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

Lunar Perplex

There is a band of words just above
the ineffable fabric of love that allows
for poetry; a slim arc over the abyss of
pure being that roils below, that royal
knowing we aspire to by drowning
self consciousness in a whole blue
that is sea, that is sky, one and the same.

At last, alas, the loss of letters on the tongue
in the circumferenced web of time all present
now. The numbers churn on, press forward
as if progress were real, progression royal, all
things aspiring hold their breath toward
reality for the sake of all sentient beings.

Although there is always time for the typing
of lines on the screen, there is hardly a moment
for editing it back down and over to you.

Lobbing the poem over the net: love all

-- Penn Kemp

Marion Francis White

Marian Francis White (left), committing random acts of poetry 'around the bay' in St. John's, Nfld

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