O, Miami Food Poems: #thatssomiami

Categories: Best of Miami

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Gesi Schilling
Launched in 2011, The O, Miami Poetry Festival set out to bridge the gap between contemporary poetry and the Greater Miami audience. "Contemporary poetry is so diverse, fascinating and dynamic" said P. Scott Cunningham, founder and director of The University of Wynwood which produces the biannual poetry festival. "I'm deeply interested in promoting poetry as an artistic practice for everyone with no barriers to participation."

The festival is made up of several online and offline events around town, the combination of which has helped the festival reach a broader audience. "To do something these days without an online presence would be tantamount to a political statement," said Cunningham. "It would be a missed opportunity as our mission is to reach everyone in Miami-Dade County."

This year's mix includes a much buzzed about #thatssomiami poetry contest which takes place on tumblr top entries are broadcasted on WLRN- Miami Herald News. Since we're all about food here at Short Order we sifted through the entries to bring you the top food poems entered into the contest. We saw a lot of versus about Miami's ubiquitous coladas, pastellitos and tostadas but some of our favorites involved lobsters, mansions and topless bars
because really, #thatssomiami.

If you want to lay your lyrics down, there's still time to enter the contest which closes at
the end of April. Entering is easy and if you need some poetic foodie inspiration to get you started,check out the latest spots to make our Best of Miami list, it's so Miami!

ABUELA TELLS ME
Abuela tells me
I'm too fat, hands
me a pastelito de guayaba.
That's so Miami
(Caridad McCormick)

BUY MANSIONS
Buy mansions
lobsters lovers, roadside.
That's so Miami.
(Annhy Shim)

24 DOLLARS FOR CHAMPAGNE
24 dollars for champagne
in a plastic glass that's flutey.
Sipping with Art Basel Looky-Lous
and enjoying feeling snooty.
That's SO Miami.
(Anonymous)

EVERY MORNING
Every morning
I buy a colada and wonder
"what will I do with all these cups?"
That's so Miami.
(Vilma Davila)

JEWISH DELIS WE GO TO EAT
Jewish delis we go to eat,
hideous turtles on the street, bright colors,
lots of heat, that's so Miami.
(Kareem Tabsch)

THE 3 C'S OF MIAMI
Café con leche to watch the sunrise,
Cafecito to watch the afternoon monsoon.
Cortadito to dance under the moon.
That's so Miami.
(wordsfailmeintwolanguages)

COLONOSCOPY CLINIC FULL OF PEOPLE
Colonoscopy clinic full of people,
fasting for 24 hours, waiting for their appt.,
and a woman comes in selling empanadas!
That's so Miami!
(Michelle Garcia)

WHEN YOU WATCH MEN IN FISH COSTUMES RUN A FOOT RACE
When you watch men in fish costumes run a foot race,
As you down a Cuban sandwich from a grill,
Before you take in a topless dancer at a bar,
And you've never left the ballpark,
That's so Miami.
(Jay Silver, Weston, FL)


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