WLRN + O, Miami poetry contest

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we asked you to write a poem about a place in South Florida that means something to you, and include the phrase "this is where."

We read nearly 600 poems throughout this contest and featured some on air. Then you voted for your favorite, and our panel of judges (made up of published poets) selected theirs.

Five contest winners were announced on April 30 at Miami Club Rum.
See the winners here.

 

National Poetry Month
3:18 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

#ThisIsWhere Poetry Contest Winners

Here's a shot from our poetry night event at Miami Club Rum. April 30, 2014
Credit Elaine Chen / WLRN

We announced our contest winners at the #ThisIsWhere finale at Miami Club Rum on Wednesday, April 30. This is where we share them with you.

Read the winning poems below and watch three of our winners recite their poems above. Then stick around for an extra poem about one of South Floridians' favorite experiences.

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National Poetry Month
6:21 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Vote For Your Favorite #ThisIsWhere Poem!

We've reached the finals of our #ThisIsWhere poetry contest!
Click on the logo above to see the popular-vote finalists, and vote below.

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National Poetry Month
11:27 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

#ThisIsWhere Last Edition: Urinals, Crypts And Mr. Can Man

Credit Mark Hedden

This is where the end of the #ThisIsWhere poetry submissions snuck up on us. For weeks we've been awash in a sea of words, poetic descriptions of everything from sunrises to lizards to — in this week's selection — a blessed urinal. And now we've suddenly found ourselves at the far shore, maybe a little wiser, but definitely more compelled to think of things in extended metaphors.

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Arts
8:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

#ThisIsWhere: Poems About The Unobvious Thing

Credit @alwaysbrig / Instagram

 

Each week at #ThisIsWhere we try to avoid having a theme. But they just keep happening anyway. 

It's oddly organic. With no larger agenda in mind, you pick out what you think are the ten best poems from the recent submissions. You read them over, and suddenly, like storm clouds parting, there it is: a theme.

Last week it was Miami Traffic Poetry.

This week it is the Unobvious Thing.

Sometimes the Unobvious Thing makes itself clear midway through a poem. (See Scott Fiore's "The Wall" or Stelios Serdenes "The Hatching".)

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National Poetry Month
5:22 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

#ThisIsWhere: The Week Of Traffic And Tattoos

White Street Pier in Key West.
Credit Mark Hedden

 

It is rare to see a new literary genre appear out of the ether. But that seems to have happened this week with what we're going to call Miami Traffic Jam Poetry.

During our second week of the #ThisIsWhere project, we have poems about tattoos, Chinese restaurants, pelicans, learning Haitian Creole, and the refugee experience. But three of the best poems were about the joys and perils (mostly perils) of the multi-laned blacktop experience. 
 

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The End of the Road
7:02 am
Mon April 7, 2014

On The Miserable Road: The Poetry of I-95

Inspired by I-95: A.R. Ammons was on I-95 when he saw the inspiration for one of his most decorated works.

Interstate 95 inspires more than just four-letter words, it turns out.

Twenty five years ago, poet A.R. Ammons and his wife were driving home from a visit with family in South Miami. Somewhere north of Dade County -- on I-95 -- Ammons looked out his window and there it was: one of South Florida’s infamous mountains of trash.

Garbage: A Poem was born.

garbage has to be the poem of our time because
garbage is spiritual, believable enough

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This Is Where
9:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

How Do You Get People to Read Poetry When They Don't Have Time?

Poet Robert Hass will be in Miami on Saturday, April 5.
Credit Margaretta K. Mitchell

The poet Robert Hass headlines the O, Miami Poetry Festival at the New World Center on South Beach tomorrow night (Saturday, April 5). Anyone can watch on the Wallcast from the park just outside the building.

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National Poetry Month
7:26 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

#ThisIsWhere We Share Our First 10 Favorite Poems

#ThisIsWhere it's real, by our editorial director Alicia Zuckerman.
Credit @aliciazuck / Instagram

To honor National Poetry Month, WLRN and the O, Miami poetry festival bring you the "This Is Where" poetry project.

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