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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


Miles down the road, miles
past the last ruin,
where a single track road
falters into wheel ruts
through bog, and the coastal strip
narrows to an insufficiency
before bony mountains crowd into the sea,
close the gate against the wind:

there’s a broken chain on a mooring ring
and a concrete slip runs out into the water,
as if it were natural to walk the length
of a dead end road into the sea,
as if you could keep on going
to Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Australia.

-- Jane Routh

Martin Figura

Martin Figura reading in Norwich England at the Forum (public library)

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