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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

Quick To The Heart
Watching a poem in sign language

Her face is the poem's mirror.
Her hands become kayaks, parrots:
she give shape to the air
with this singing calligraphy.
"Bear" is crossed arms.
"Fear" is a fist to the throat.
"Dream" is two fingers quick to the head.
"Peace" is a Tai Chi move.
"Pain" is quick to the heart.

-- Wendy Morton
from Undercover, published by Ekstasis Edition.

Wendy Morton

Wendy Morton gets the seal of approval for her Random Acts of Poetry project

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