Photos via O, Miami
If you’re in Miami right now, keep an eye out for stealth (and not-so-stealth) poetry. The 4th annual O, Miami festival kicked off this week and organizers are promising a wealth of poetry in unexpected places – I think my favorite might be the “Murinals:”
Murinals are poems installed in perhaps the least likely place: on urinals across Miami-Dade county. Using classic gold leaf, artist Ian Thomas paints poems onto the porcelain “wall” of Miami urinals. The installations are only completed however by the participation of the “male” audience members who “defile” the hallowed words while simultaneously “exposing” themselves to the poets’ words, thereby creating a tension between dominance and vulnerability.
Other highlights include “zipodes,” poetry based on south Florida zip codes, and the return of “Wallace Freezins,” who’ll appear at Miami area events selling poetically wrapped ice cream (because the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream, dontcha know).
Sign me up for some ice cream!