Getting Poetry to the People in Miami - NYTimes.com: "If you live in Miami and you do not read, recite or listen to a poem in April, something has gone seriously wrong. For the third year, the O, Miami Poetry Festival will flood the city with words, using any pretext to accomplish its mission of putting all 2.6 million residents of Miami-Dade County in contact with at least one poem. Readings, lectures and performances are part of the program. That goes without saying. It’s the stealth operations, though, that give the festival its distinctive tang. Mary Ruefle, a local poet, has written “scratch-off” poems for 5,000 cards that look like lottery tickets. Readers will use a coin or a fingernail to expose the words, which, if they match words printed at the top of the card, yield a prize. Poems will be pasted on the mirrors of public bathrooms and positioned at congested intersections, so drivers stuck in traffic jams can get some uplift while their engines idle...." (read more at link above)
Beach Buzz: Wendy Walk comes to Miami Beach - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: " . . . The goal: To have as many people in Miami as possible to experience poetry in as many unexpected ways and places as possible. “We’re thrilled to once again surprise Miamians,’’ says O, Miami co-founder and Executive Director P. Scott Cunningham. O, Miami is funded with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “Poetry is a living, breathing force that can light up the city. O, Miami is its platform. The written word leaves the printed page for a parade on South Beach, morphs into interpretive dance in Hialeah, and along the way helps art become part of people’s everyday lives,” says Alberto Ibargüen, president of the Knight Foundation...."
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