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A Poem For Everyone in Miami During the Month of April!

By Harriet Staff

Scott Cunningham

Get Ready, Miami!

P. Scott Cunningham’s dream sounds as simple as haiku. Yet making it real has proven more complex than iambic pentameter.

Here’s his ambition, straight from his website: that “every person in Miami-Dade County find a poem during the month of April.”

To reach those 2.5 million souls secretly yearning for Yeats, Cunningham (once a Miami New Times editor) in 2011 founded O, Miami — South Florida’s first poetry festival. But getting poems into the hands of the people isn’t as simple as inviting them to a reading.

So Cunningham and his crew have taken to the skies — hiring advertising planes to pull rhymes on banners through the clouds — and the streets, plastering city buses with a selection of works and renting a Ferrari for public readings on the road. He’s aimed for the stars by booking James Franco as a speaker and shot for stomachs by pairing his events with massive Cuban buffets.

“We don’t ever want to lose sight of the fact that Miami is the reason we produce poetry events,” Cunningham says. “Our focus is working hand-in-hand with local people to create a month in which anything is possible.”

Read more at Miami’s New Times.

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.