O, Miami Poetry Returns For 10th Year – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – From bandaids to chewing gum to slumber parties and more, all of April is all about poetry. So let’s say the people behind O, Miami Poetry Festival, now in its tenth year.
“O, Miami is all about every single person in Miami who comes across a poem in April. So we want to go all over Miami Dade County and bring you a poem one way or another, ”said P. Scott Cunningham, Executive Director.
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Due to COVID-19 last year, the festival was fully online for 30 days in April.
This year it is a combination of virtual events and face-to-face encounters.
“This year we’re doing a lot of poetry in public places. Everything safe. All things that you can see from a distance (outdoors). We also do some limited outdoor activities that are socially distant and then we still have a lot of online activities, workshops, gatherings and readings, ”explained Cunningham.
“I ate a ghost pepper at lunchtime. Mom said it burned my mouth but I didn’t care. I ate this ghost pepper. A seed was not lost. I won the lunch bet, but I lost my taste, “said 12-year-old Sam Kaplan, reciting the poem” Ghost Pepper “he wrote.
Sam and his 9-year-old brother Simon have been participating in the popular Poetry in Pajamas event for years. This year it’s virtual.
“We’ll do it at home, in our mother’s bed and in my mother’s studio,” said Simon.
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“We’ll be on Zoom on April 24th at 7pm and you can check our Instagram: @poetryinpajamas for more details,” he said.
Ideas for the events are submitted by people from all over the world. Here are some for this year.
“We have an amazing project where we put poetry by imprisoned poets in gum machines for you to grab a gum. Instead of a ring or chewing gum, it’s a poem by an imprisoned poet in South Florida,” said Cunningham.
“Another one we do is called Curitas. Here we put poems on bandaids and pass them on to Jackson Memorial Health Systems. If people in Jackson get vaccinated, they can get a bandage with a poem on it. ”
Finally, there is one from Simon from Poetry in Pajamas. This is written by Shel Silverstein.
“I’ve made a snowball that is as perfect as possible. I thought I would keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me. I did it. A couple of pajamas and a pillow but ran away last night but wet the bed first! “
The Miami Poetry Festival now runs through April 30th.
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The full schedule is on their website.