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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 Red Dress"


a library shelf

in the novitiate

has a paperback

on marriage

the chapter on

conjugal love

sealed with

masking tape

words hidden

like full breasts

under layers

of tight binding


has peeled back

brown tape

opening a forbidden


-- Mary Ann Mulhern

Elizabeth Zetlin

Elizabeth Zetlin reading to a goat at Keady Market, south of Owen Sound, ON. The goat showed its appreciation by nibbling the book

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