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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 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
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

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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

After The I Hate to Cook Cookbook (1961)
 
 
How scattered I am: post-spouse, with company coming;
in Florida in my earthquake gown, in my eelskin slingbacks
 
and electric mink stole. I tried to make
puff paste with sweating hands; butter
 
in the
poem
Marco Island, Florida

There should be nothing here I don't remember . . .

The Gulf Motel with mermaid lampposts 
and ship's wheel in the lobby should still be 
rising out of the sand like a
poem
Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

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