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. So we asked you to do it!
Based on your online votes, here are the five category winners and their poems:
Best Ode to Miami Spanglish - Lauren Fernandez, Miami
Exciting and Extravagant. Guajiros in Bentleys. Tostones and Champagne. That’s so Miami.
Best Ode to Miami Food - Cristina Rodriguez, Miami
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 decided to put the best theme poems up for a vote.
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.
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.
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.
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.