poetry http://wlrn.org en LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus http://wlrn.org/post/lebrons-move-9-haikus <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We read your haiku</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about </span>LeBron<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> James leaving.</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thanks for the poems.</span></p><p>In 2010, WLRN and the Miami Herald <a href="http://https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/source/en/insight/ab68f13c0931/lebron-james-poetry-contest">collected poems</a> to welcome the arrival of LeBron James to the Miami Heat. It's fitting to say goodbye to one of the Heat's celebrated players in verse again.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:16 +0000 Stefania Ferro 35529 at http://wlrn.org LeBron's Move In 9 Haikus Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku http://wlrn.org/post/say-goodbye-lebron-james-haiku <p></p><p>LeBron James' <a href="http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/11/lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers">decision to leave the Miami Heat</a> and join the Cleveland Cavaliers has left plenty of South Floridians with mixed feelings.</p><p>WLRN and the Miami Herald held a poetry contest welcoming James to Miami. Now it's time to say goodbye.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:18:08 +0000 Stefania Ferro 35402 at http://wlrn.org Say Goodbye To LeBron James With A Haiku Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://wlrn.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Lynn Neary 33052 at http://wlrn.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 #ThisIsWhere Last Edition: Urinals, Crypts And Mr. Can Man http://wlrn.org/post/thisiswhere-last-edition-urinals-crypts-and-mr-can-man <p>This is where the end of the #ThisIsWhere poetry submissions snuck up on us. For weeks we've been awash in a sea of words, poetic descriptions of everything from sunrises to lizards to — in this week's selection — a blessed urinal. And now we've suddenly found ourselves at the far shore, maybe a little wiser, but definitely more compelled to think of things in extended metaphors.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:27:22 +0000 Mark Hedden 31109 at http://wlrn.org #ThisIsWhere Last Edition: Urinals, Crypts And Mr. Can Man How Do You Get People to Read Poetry When They Don't Have Time? http://wlrn.org/post/how-do-you-get-people-read-poetry-when-they-dont-have-time <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The poet Robert </span>Hass<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;headlines the <a href="http://www.omiami.org/events/2014/4/5/poets-laureate-in-the-park" target="_blank">O, Miami Poetry Festival</a> at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the </span>Wallcast<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the park just outside the building.</span></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:44:35 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 30253 at http://wlrn.org How Do You Get People to Read Poetry When They Don't Have Time? Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month http://wlrn.org/post/teens-can-find-time-rhyme-during-national-poetry-month <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James </span>Lachterman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:21:36 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 30188 at http://wlrn.org Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month For $50,000, You Can Buy Your Valentine This Victorian Love Letter http://wlrn.org/post/50000-you-can-buy-your-valentine-victorian-love-letter <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">There are many ways to send a Valentine's Day greeting in 2014 -- text, email, social media.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">But in 1857, there weren't so many.</span></span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:25:16 +0000 Julia Duba 27936 at http://wlrn.org For $50,000, You Can Buy Your Valentine This Victorian Love Letter BLASPHEMY: A Collection Of Sherman Alexie's Short Stories http://wlrn.org/post/blasphemy-collection-sherman-alexies-short-stories <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">02/03/14 - 1:30 -Literary contributor&nbsp;</span><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://wlrn.org/people/ariel-gonzalez" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(62, 72, 122);">Ariel Gonzalez</a></strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Geo Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman, Ariel Gonzalez & Paul Leary 27422 at http://wlrn.org BLASPHEMY: A Collection Of Sherman Alexie's Short Stories Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken http://wlrn.org/post/richard-blanco-poem-not-taken <p>Miami-raised poet Richard Blanco had planned to take his partner to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to sit on the platform as he read the poem he composed for the event.</p><p>He could only have one guest.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But his partner had another idea, Blanco says.</span></p><p>“He says, ‘It should really be your mom to go with with you. This is so much more about the American Dream story.'”</p><p>So Blanco picked up the phone to call his mother to ask her if she even wanted to go.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:50:26 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 24991 at http://wlrn.org Richard Blanco: The Poem Not Taken Buy And Borrow: Books And Libraries In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/buy-and-borrow-books-and-libraries-south-florida <p>Only a few months ago, several public libraries in Miami-Dade County were targeted for closure. They were spared thanks to some last-minute financial rearranging of the county's annual budget. But the threat and budgetary maneuver sparked outrage first and now study of the role of public libraries in our modern-information society.<br /> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:40:51 +0000 Tom Hudson 24113 at http://wlrn.org Buy And Borrow: Books And Libraries In South Florida These Are The Day Jobs Of Miami Bards http://wlrn.org/post/these-are-day-jobs-miami-bards <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Beatriz Fernandez signs all of her emails with a quote from Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges, who built his career while moonlighting as a translator and screenwriter. </span></p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:07:35 +0000 Rachel Morello 23952 at http://wlrn.org These Are The Day Jobs Of Miami Bards A Miami Native Who Remained Local Pens A Poem On Her Dying Breed http://wlrn.org/post/miami-native-who-remained-local-pens-poem-her-dying-breed <p></p><p></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 12:37:00 +0000 Pam L. Weiss 14118 at http://wlrn.org A Miami Native Who Remained Local Pens A Poem On Her Dying Breed Miami's Acceptance Of Syrian Immigrant Inspires Verse http://wlrn.org/post/miamis-acceptance-syrian-immigrant-inspires-verse <p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:11:00 +0000 Aysha Habbaba 14108 at http://wlrn.org Miami's Acceptance Of Syrian Immigrant Inspires Verse South Beach’s “Colorful Mélange” Inspires Poem, Green Sequins Included http://wlrn.org/post/south-beach-s-colorful-m-lange-inspires-poem-green-sequins-included <p></p><p><em>We’ve asked a few of the authors of standout poems for our That’s So Miami project to explain the inspiration behind their work. Find the winners of our contest and more entries&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org/term/thats-so-miami" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p><p></p><p>Green sequin bikini.</p><p>Purple hair and skinny.</p><p>Red lipped.</p><p>Boob equipped.</p><p>Blue high heeled kid.</p><p>I saw it, I did.</p><p>Thats&nbsp;so Miami.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Beatricia Sagar 13846 at http://wlrn.org South Beach’s “Colorful Mélange” Inspires Poem, Green Sequins Included Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest http://wlrn.org/post/winners-our-thats-so-miami-poetry-contest <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">Love or hate Miami, the subject inspired so many beautiful, thoughtful and sometimes even funny verses for our "That's So Miami" project. It was impossible for us to pick the best. &nbsp;So we asked you to do it! &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Based on your online votes, here are the five category winners and their poems:&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Best Ode to Miami&nbsp;Spanglish&nbsp;- Lauren Fernandez, Miami</u></strong></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:38:07 +0000 Daniel Rivero & Elaine Chen 13288 at http://wlrn.org Winners Of Our 'That's So Miami' Poetry Contest