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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 Field Next To Love

My Aunt was fat. She wore her moustache gladly
to church. I am pie-deprived. I pursue my
moustache relentlessly. Admire iconoclasts.

My Aunt sang hymns with a voice like grass held
between your thumbs and blown on. Her God her Master,
submitted to with fervour. My Gods in hiding.

My Aunt said hoity toity and by golly. Shed been
wedlocked sixty years when she died. I know the
meaning of icthyophagous. Ive been divorced.

My Aunt wiped hendirt off warm eggs as she
listened in on the party line. I flame my enemies
electronically, send blind copies indiscriminately.

My Aunt and I had nothing in common, yet
I loved her. She was blood, she was kin,
she was above all

familiar, and in me, familiar occupies the field
next to love; there are places along the border
where I cannot tell one from the other.

-- Marilyn Gear Pilling

Liz Zetlin

Marketside Restaurant's owners Karin & Paul in Owen Sound, poemed by Liz Zetlin

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