O, Miami's Pin Up Pop Up Poetry Exhibit Melds Graffiti and Verse
But beyond that intriguing idea, Sagar still had certain gaps in the planning of this event, namely in terms of who precisely was going to be reading poetry inside the gallery.
"The next thing was, 'OK, now I need poets,'" Sagar recalled, humorously. "And it's been amazing because I found the first one and that person introduced me to somebody else and so on, to where now we have 14 poets. And it's a very wide, diverse group of poets."
And "diverse" definitely is the descriptor du jour, with 14 poets ranging from university professors to spoken word regulars from Vagabond's Stone Groove. Their material is just as varied and the breadth of the work that will be read for the climactic evening of the 24th ought to serve as a brilliant parallel to the vastly distinctive and disparate works of verse hanging from the walls.
"I'm particularly excited because I'm a visual artist at an art institution that's open to the public, and everything that goes on here is about visual art," Sagar stated, "so I feel like I came from nothing, and now, in the span of four weeks, we have more than 350 poems on our walls and I'm sitting every week with 14 poets that are going to be reading in this gallery."
So have yourself a little stroll about South Beach, see if you can meander into the ArtCenter, just west of the corner of Lincoln Road and Meridian Avenue, and find out if you enjoy the feeling of pouring yourself onto paper, line by line, and gifting the resulting words to the people of these Miami streets, as you enjoy the gifts that have been left for you.
Pin Up Pop Up Poetry will continue run at the South Florida ArtCenter (800/810 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) through the month of April and will reach its spiritual climax with a poetry reading on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Visit Facebook or omiami.org.