poetry

That's So Miami
2:21 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Odes To Miami: Vote For Your Favorite Poem

Credit @ilianaarrazola on Instagram

All month long, WLRN and our partners at O, Miami Poetry Festival have been collecting poems either starting or ending in "That's So Miami" and compiling them on our Tumblr page. We have seen some amazing poems, and as the month begins to wind down we have decided to put the best of these poems up for vote.

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That's So Miami
7:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

That's So Miami: Submit Your Poem, Win A 'Staycation'

Miami is called the Magic City for a reason.
Credit @gretamuna

We live in one of the best cities, proven by the fact that millions of people vacation here every year. But even in paradise, we get caught up in our daily routines. We let weeks or even months go by without heading to the beach, closing our eyes and enjoying the sounds, aromas and tastes that make our home such a worldwide draw.

We're here to help.

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That's So Miami
6:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

That's So Miami: Two Languages, Two Generations; One Family

As part of our That's So Miami poetry project running during the month of April, we have been airing select submissions from our community of listeners and readers.

In fact, serendipity struck today during one of these pre-recording sessions. One of our contributing poets, Christine Armario of Miami, brought her abuelo, Manuel Armario, who wrote a poem too. Go ahead and read them. Hers is in English; his, Spanish.

 

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That's So Miami
8:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

La Carreta, Tremendo Slideshow And Banyan Trees: The Best Of That's So Miami

@drsherer on Instagram

Here we go again!  Check out some of our favorite #ThatsSoMiami poems from the last couple of days. Like what you see? Check out our Tumblr page, where we collect your submissions and post them for your viewing (laugh out loud) pleasure. Click here to make your submission.

(Maryan Firpo)

Here’s the thing about Miami—

There’s an ancient monastery

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Arts
3:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Poetry In Motion: A Chat With O, Miami's P. Scott Cunningham

P. Scott Cunningham at O, Miami 2011
Credit Robby Campbell / From the NEA website

P. Scott Cunningham is the founder of O, Miami, a biennial poetry festival in Miami organized by the University of Wynwood and with support from the Miami-based Knight Foundation. The festival is happening this month.

WLRN: Tell us a little bit about yourself. The real P. Scott Cunningham. 

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That's So Miami
1:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cafecito, Bayside, Feeding Birds And Haitian Creole: The Best of That's So Miami

@rjm_ on Twitter/ Instagram

Here we go again!  Check out some of our favorite #ThatsSoMiami poems from the last couple of days. Like what you see? Check out our Tumblr page, where we collect your submissions and post them for your viewing (laugh out loud) pleasure. Click here to make your submission.

(James Arthur Anderson, North Miami)

That’s so Miami: walk boldly to the window

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That's So Miami
3:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Love or Hate Miami? Tell Us In Verse

 

In honor of National Poetry Month, WLRN - Miami Herald News is teaming up with the O, Miami poetry festival to bring you That's So Miami--a project documenting your thoughts about Miami, in verse.    

We want to see your Miami, not “CSI: Miami” or “Miami Vice” or “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach.” The only rule is that your poem has to begin or end with the phrase, “That’s so Miami.”

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Community Contributor
6:17 am
Wed April 3, 2013

O, Miami Began With A Simple Idea: Poetry Without The Pipe And Blazer

Three years ago, a group of friends and I started to dream up what a lot of people considered impossible: a festival that would bring poetry to all 2.6 million residents of greater Miami.

At that time, Miami’s cultural scene was exploding. Art Basel was in full force, and we wanted to do a festival that was the opposite of the “pipe-and-blazer” readings that most people associate with poetry. We wanted to do a festival that reflected Miami’s diversity and personality.

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Arts
11:37 am
Tue April 2, 2013

O, Miami Headlines Poetry Month: Here's How To Celebrate

 

Today kicks off National Poetry Month, and O, Miami -- the biennial, South Florida poetry festival -- has lined up a myriad of creative ways to deliver a poem to every single person in the city.

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Under the Sun
6:06 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Lorelei Ramirez: College Winner

Lorelei Ramirez
Lorelei Ramirez

Lorelei Ramirez was the winner in the College category of Under the Sun‘s unpublished writers competition.

Flagler Street

by Lorelei Ramirez

This is what we’ve got

These

Palm trees

Swaying in the breeze along the

Not the sea or shining sands under the sun but

Swaying

In the middle of streets

Dark paved roads and honking horns and not quite so clean air

Between walking girls and whistling men in dirty white cars

Pickup trucks

And bus

stops.

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Under the Sun
6:03 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Read The Runners-Up (College)

Sadie Kurzban
Sadie Kurzban

In April, we invited unpublished writers to submit their work as part of our Write South Florida contest. There were three categories in the contest: Amateur, College, and Children.  These are the runners-up from the contest in the College category.

Mommy the Commie and Me

by Sadie Kurzban

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This Miami Life
5:56 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

The Poetry of I-95 and 26-Inch Rims

Poet Shakur Butler and actor and director Teo Castellanos rehearse for Piano Slam.
Richard Fendelman

Hundreds of Miami-Dade middle and high school students listened to “Two Pianos” by Morton Gould. Afterwards, they wrote poems inspired by the music.  It was part of a contest called the Piano Slam.  The point is to inspire young people, using classical music, to create their own forms of artistic expression.

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Under the Sun
5:08 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Lindsay Lonano: Kids Winner

Lindsay Lonano/self-portrait

Lindsay Lonano was the winner in the Kids category of Under the Sun‘s unpublished writers competition.

Lindsay Lonano

The Swamp

The green swamp

Bursts open with abundant life.

A slowly moving log appears

Upon the still surface.

Unsuspecting little bird

Unaware a predator lurks.

Munch! Fast moving predator

Eyes atop his head, delighted!

Alas! Not full yet

He slides upon a rabbit.

Prey, gone in a flash

Where did it go. Woe!

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Under the Sun
3:45 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Meet Poet Campbell McGrath

Campbell McGrath holds the “Florida orange bird.”
Dan Grech

When you see a book titled Florida Poems, you might imagine titles and verses about bright sunshine and sand-swept beaches, with a picturesque Key West sunset thrown in.  You know, kind of like the poetry version of those generic landscape paintings that hang in every Florida seaside motel? (With the exception of paintings by the Florida Highwaymen, but that’s another story for another time.)

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Under the Sun
3:44 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Young Poets

Alicia Zuckerman interviews members of the Miami Poetry Collective. (L to R) Laura McDermott, Yaddyra Peralta, James May, Jessica Machado, Alicia Zuckerman
Nick Vagnoni

Host Alicia Zuckerman was intensely curious about how young poets graduating with Masters of Fine Arts degrees expect to make money.  Since the average poetry journal pays just $20 for a poem, it’s not exactly a way to make a living.   Sure, writing by candlelight because you can’t pay FPL has a certain romance to it, but what happens when you run out of matches?  So how do poets expect to pay their bills?

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