Five Fun, Easy Ways to Get Involved in O, Miami
In a city that's less than literary, O, Miami, is a beacon of eloquent verse, scriberly (did we just invent a word?) skill and the power of prose. This ode to all things poetic is back for its third incarnation, and like a good canto, it gets more epic with time.
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For its 2014 run, the poetic party is offering an overwhelming array of events. There's everything from a parade, to a poetry wallcast, to a pool party. But let's be real, no matter how ardent your love for poetry, there's no way you can get in on it all. So if you're pressed for time, here are five fun and easy ways to get involved.
5. Make some people poetry.
When your feed is full of porn spam and Justin Beiber fan art, Twitter might seem pretty pointless. But even 140 characters can be creative when you think outside the app. This project asks you to search "Miami" on Twitter, choose one posted pic and a series of Tweets -- then turn those Tweets into a poem. Then, take your poetic genius, place it on the picture via Microsoft Powerpoint (or whatever software you prefer), then hashtag it #omiami and credit the feeds you sourced. You can get a little more guidance from creator Quinn Smith at @quinnsmith2 (or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org).
4. Be part of a paper chain.
Remember when paper was a thing? Back before touchscreens, we cut it, colored on it, made long chains out of it. We were all kinds of inventive.Those were the days. And in honor of O, Miami, the Bass Museum of Art is bringing the chains back. They'll be setting up tables stocked with recycled paper throughout the county from April through July where you can write a message of peace or inspiration on an individual paper link. Then, they'll string 'em together to construct a Monumental Paper Chain of cheer.