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Appointed poet laureate of the state of Florida on June 15, 2015, Peter Meinke is the author of over twenty books of poetry. He has received many awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and three prizes from the Poetry Society of America. He worked at Eckerd College until 1993, when he retired. During his time at the college, he founded and directed its Writing Workshop.

 

upcoming events

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Apr 02 2017
O, Doption Day

Join O, Miami for a special pet adoption day at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Local poets will be set up at the brand-new Pet & Adoption Center in Doral to write a free pet-poem on a manual typewriter for anyone who adopts a new friend.

We'll also unveil our partnership with Miami-Dade Parks Services: Poo-etry bags.

Poo-etry bags are disposable, biodegradable doggy clean-up bags with a poem on them. After April 2, they'll be available at six different parks in Miami-Dade County.

11:00am to 4:00pm
3599 Northwest 79th Av
33166 Doral, Florida
Apr 02 2017
O, Doption Day

Join O, Miami for a special pet adoption day at Miami-Dade Animal Services.

Local poets will be set up at the brand-new Pet & Adoption Center in Doral to write a free pet-poem on a manual typewriter for anyone who adopts a new friend.

We'll also unveil our partnership with Miami-Dade Parks Services: Poo-etry bags.

Poo-etry bags are disposable, biodegradable doggy clean-up bags with a poem on them. After April 2, they'll be available at six different parks in Miami-Dade County.

11:00am to 4:00pm
3599 Northwest 79th Av
33166 Doral, Florida
Apr 01 2017
Singing in the Dark Times: Poetry & Social Justice at the Bandshell

Join O, Miami as we kick off the month of April with a big reading & celebration at the North Beach Bandshell. Meet local organizers from a variety of social justice organizations and funnel your energy into tangible action to improve our community.

Entry: RSVP required - FREE w/ Suggested Donation of $1-10

Performing Poets: Patricia Smith, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Aja Monet, Ashley Jones, Cathleen Chambless

Hosted by Darius Daughtry

Poetry Bus by Afrobeta

Original Images by Christopher Barker

Food by Annam Miami, SPRIS Pizza, Lulu's Ice Cream. Alcohol for sale for 21+ 

Tables: Amnesty International, Black Lives Matter (Broward Chapter), Emerge Miami, Engage Miami, Community Justice Project, Planned Parenthood, Dream Defenders, Books & Books, ACLU Center for Social Change Pridelines

6:00pm to 10:00pm
7275 Collins Ave
33141 Miami Beach, Florida

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Florida poet laureate

Peter Meinke

Peter Meinke was named the poet laureate of Florida in 2015. He is the author of Lucky Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press).

poems

poem
Midsummer lies on this town 
like a plague: locusts now replaced 
by humidity, the bloodied Nile

now an algae-covered rivulet 
struggling to find its terminus. 
Our choice is a simple one:

to leave or to remain, to render 
the Spanish moss a memory 
or to pull it from trees, repeatedly.

And this must be what
poem

Green and blue and white, it is a flag
for Florida stitched by hungry ibises.

It is a paradise of flocks, a cornucopia
of wind and grass and dark, slow waters.

Turtles bask in the last tatters of afternoon,
frogs perfect their symphony at dusk—

in its solitude we remember ourselves

poem
Barque of phosphor
On the palmy beach,

Move outward into heaven,
Into the alabasters
And night blues.

Foam and cloud are one.
Sultry moon-monsters
Are dissolving.

Fill your black hull
With white moonlight.

There will never be an end
To this droning of the surf.