Updated Apr 16, 2024 - News

Miami is full of poets. Read Zip Odes from O, Miami Poetry Festival

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For some Miamians, living here means melting in the humidity, rejecting our city's materialism or somehow finding yourself in Broward County.

State of play: As part of the O, Miami Poetry Festival, local residents have submitted personal poems inspired by their ZIP codes.

  • The original poetry style, called a Zip Ode, is a five-line poem made with a person's ZIP code, where each number determines how many words per line the poet can use.
  • The style was invented by O, Miami and WLRN, who partner each year to recognize their favorite submissions.

The latest: Here is a selection of Zip Odes that O, Miami shared with us. (Residents are encouraged to write their own and submit it to WLRN for a chance to be featured on a billboard!)

Monica S. (33013):

I know where

you are from

just

by

your pet chicken

Matt J. (33155):

An unknown city

between two giants:

West.

Donde escuchas susurros españoles y

el calor ralentiza el tiempo...

Leslie O. (33025):

I'm new here.

Three oh five

till I…

got married

to a Broward guy. Fin.

Hazel S. (33040):

Desperately, money vies

to redefine us.

But we define wealth.

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