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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 Transit of Venus

Venus is rolling across the sun
on the TV screen above our heads.

Aglow, you speak of work,
your sister, a garden project.
You touch my hand, whisper,
"Look, the waitress, how beautiful,"
and I look and see she is lovely.

You place your hand on my arm.
and then speak of the one grief
that shadows your life

I tell you what I have read:
No one alive has ever seen Venus
roll across the sun like this.
In 2012 she will do it again
then not for 105 years.
The passage takes under two hours.

We speak of the transit of Venus
and what makes beauty.
Is it our eyes, our dreams, the forms
we make to frame our griefs?
Whether it is the stepchild of time.

As our words move across my mind,
I see how beautiful we are.

-- Gary Hyland

Marion Francis White

Marian Francis White (left), committing random acts of poetry 'around the bay' in St. John's, Nfld

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