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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 comfort of the sea is that it is always there. It may

withdraw a little (mostly with dignity), giving you

due warning, but its presence is undeniable. Moody it may be

at times, unpredictable, but then you would be dull to ignore

the magnificent reach of its rage. You are not a fit opponent.

Apart from all of that obvious fury, you have to admire

its discretion; it keeps all of its secrets. True, rocks and even icebergs

do reveal themselves, but only the sea knows

where it all begins and ends and just how much

everything matters.

-- Shelley Tracey

Barbara Pelman

Barbara Pelman poeming the school police liaison officer in Victoria, BC

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