Quickly! Duck into the nearest doorway and let the stampeding hordes of poetry fiends spill palely past. If they spot you, start acting like a sport or religion and they will slowly back away, clutching their public radio tote bags to their chests and muttering, "Where is the mofongo of yesteryear?"
Phew. National Poetry Month and the second biennial O, Miami poetry festival are nearly over. Soon we will trade truth and beauty for humidity and mosquitos. But before then, several more of our nation's finest writers will attempt to undo the damage done to South Florida poetics by the Pinochet-like reign of the Denny's Moons Over My Hammy sandwich.
Among the most notable is Megan Amram, writer for Parks and Recreation and the Academy Awards telecast. Amram tells Cultist, "I love poetry more than almost anything," and is spending her show's summer hiatus living the life of itinerant cafe poet. "My idea of a vacation," she says, "is to go to cafes and write, namely poetry." For O, Miami, Amram will be reading alongside fellow poet Richard Blanco (you know, from the presidential inauguration) and sonic youth Thurston Moore (you know, from being awesome) at the New World Center on April 28. She's also planning "a bikini contest that involves poetry."
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