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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

About Green

Green likes the staccato language of rain
the conversational mumbling of ocean
& the spicy numinous broth of words

Green tastes these languages
these rainy runny liquids
Fragrant hints of mangoes, kumquats, kiwis,
in rain's language &
sunken treasure, mermaid's scales,
punctured beach balls, in ocean's scent

Ever since Green was small
she was drawn to liquids
even the inarticulate.

-- Gloe Cormie

Wendy Morton & Minister of Education Tom Christiansen

Wendy Morton reading poetry to BC's Minister of Education, Tom Christiansen

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