Oh, Miami finds the poetry in Miami Food and drink



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Oh, Miami, the annual poetry festival that lasts all through April, isn’t your run-of-the-mill celebration of poets.

The festival crowdsources most of its events, asking Miamiians to suggest different locations and ways to celebrate poetry and the written word. And because food is an important part of our lives, many O, Miami poetry events—and poems—are about food and drink.

Oh, Miami founder and executive director P. Scott Cunningham says there’s a reason for this.

“Food creates intimate experiences for people,” says Cunningham New times† “There’s something about sharing food that brings people together, and poetry does the same.”

He notes that the connection between food and poetry is far from new. “Cooking and sharing food goes back to the beginning of human history and poetry is also a very old art form. I like to think that when the early humans ate together in front of the fire, they also shared poems.”

Oh, Miami’s mission, he repeats, is to make poetry accessible to all.

“We want everyone to see a poem. Let’s try to reach people who wouldn’t go to a poetry reading. As much as I love a good poetry reading, it may not be for everyone,” he says.

To that end, Tripping Animals Brewing Company (2685 NW 105th Ave., Miami) has brewed a special beer, Oh, Cheers! Who is thirsty? The beer is available at the Doral Brewery in 16 ounce cans.

In West Kendall, Sweet Melody Ice Cream (15224 SW 72nd St, Miami) offers several flavors of ice cream throughout April, each flavor inspired by a poem by a Miami-Dade elementary school student. The subject of these poems? Florida fruits including mango, banana and papaya.

At Fruit & Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead) six permanent signs will form the “Poetry in the Playas” path. The poems, rendered in English, Spanish, and Creole, have a tropical fruit theme and were written by students at Feinberg Fisher Academy and Morningside K-8 Academy.

Aloha Redland farm (25400 SW 152th Ave., Homestead) will host the letter soup workshop on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. In the Spanish-language workshop, participants make a collective poem while cooking soup and sharing recipes. The event starts at 11 a.m. and costs $10 to $25 (pay what you can). Register at eventbrite.com.

Cunningham hopes the combination of poetry and food will seduce people into a newfound appreciation for the written and spoken art form.

“It amazes me how many Miamians have a personal connection to poetry,” he says. “There are so many great poets and a range of experiences, but it’s our thing to let Miamians speak.”

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