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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


Seasoned with a little fire
I am quicksilver in your mouth.
Drink me down, I am pure enough;
the colour of sky in water.

This could be a good thing for you;
think of it as an experiment.
You donít even need to do anything,
just accept me into your body.

You will feel a freedom, a fluidity even.
There will be no pain, only light
the kind that floods into every
undiscovered part of your soul.

This may seem dramatic, absurd even Ė
and a certain amount of trust is required.
But donít worry - I am only a woman;
commonplace; like the moon, like breathing.

-- Helen Ivory

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn (left) reads to locked-out CBC broadcaster

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