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!

– Petra


 >>> The end/SPRING BREAK, 176 NE 1 ST Miami, FL 33131

Who: Curated by Cristine Brache

Info: A selection of video poetry from across the web, featuring Warsan Shire, Christine Mehr, Cassandra Troyan, Molly Soda, Timothy David Orme, Dustin Luke Nelson, Seth Price, Gabby Gabby, Grace Miceli, Jordan Castro, Martha McCollough, Frank Moore, Jennifer Swann, Penny Goring, Przemyslaw Gliniecki, Piotr Bockowski, Fabrice Lubin, Chelsea Hoff, eddie d, Christina Broussard, Antonia Wright, Alexandra Gorczynski & Janey Smith, with excerpts from Anne Sexton, Derek Jarman, Richard Brautigan, Lydia Lunch / Richard Kern, William Burroughs, & Blaster Al Ackerman.

My new video poem, ‘Just Be Famous’ will be screened today at ’O, Miami’ alongside some of my favorite people! Thanks to Cristine Brache for putting this together. 


“The more poems you write, the more beer you get.”

Sokee, Great Dane (3 y/o), @barkhaus HQ, Miami, FL • “Great Danes are super sensitive. They take all corrections personally, like a big baby. They’re still Mastiffs, though, and can get defensive with improper training.”