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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


the August sun pulsated like a heart
behind a gauze of rain as I continued
digging, cutting, slowly taking down
the framework of the season’s growth:

the trellis of sweet peas; gone-over lilies –
and you, wisely, spending hours indoors
keeping the children busy with painting,
model making; calm as an inland sea –

that was when I knew, again, I believe
in you, and always so, the way we believe
in daybreak, the fall of night, turning tides;
the slow decline of rock-face into sand –

as I folded up the tomato canes
and stacked them in the garage for autumn.

-- Andy Brown.

Carolyn Souaid

Carolyn Souaid committing random acts of poetry in Montreal, Quebec

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