Had your fill of poetry yet? Of course not! O, Miami is halfway over, but there are still ways to participate. Here are few:
▪ Got a dog? Grab the pooch and some old books and head out from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday to Collins Park on Miami Beach for Dogleggers, a four-legged book exchange by Bookleggers Library. Trade in your books for something new to read and take home a bandana for Spot, inscribed with an Emily Dickinson verse (“Started early/took my dog,” of course.)
▪ Does your BFF work too hard? Does your significant other watch way too many old episodes of Game of Thrones? There’s still time to send them a “Cease and Exist” letter. A $5 donation sends them a legal form in hopes of curbing behavior that might lead to poetic unproductivity and/or an unfulfilling existence (or both).
▪ Don’t forget the visually impaired. “Secret Sonnets” offers to translate an original short poem into braille and send it to the recipient of your choice.
▪ Keep an eye out for Shel Shiverstein, who’s handing out Poetry Pops (popsicles with wrappers that have poems printed on them) at various events including Friday’s Big Night Little Haiti, the Mercedes Benz Corporate Run on April 23 and the Zine Fair on April 26. Choose strawberry or mango.
Find more information on these projects and many others at omiami.org