Dave Landsberger Will Shout Poetry Out of a Ferrari for O, Miami

Miami has been in serious need of a poetry revival ever since Vanilla Ice went rolling in his 5.0, with his rag-top down so his hair could blow. And if 2 Fast, 2 Furious has taught us anything, it's that there's no quicker way to Miamians' hearts and minds than through a flashy car. So the busy bodies over at O, Miami HQ are getting vehicular in their mission to expose the entire county to rad rhymes.

As part of the month-long festival, poet Dave Landsberger will use a megaphone to shout poetry whilst sitting in a Ferrari 360 Spider Convertible. Just for us, he's selected five Miami locales in dire need of some shouted poetry - places that beg to have poems written about them or recited within their space.

At this poetry reading on wheels, which takes place on April 27,

Landsberger will read his own verse as well as poets like Pablo Neruda,

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Elizabeth Bishop, David Berman, James Wright, and Walt Whitman. The

mash-up of car culture and Leaves of Grass is so nuts/genius, the poetry

project recently got The New Yorker's attention.

And if you ask us, the key targets for this audible onslaught of verse

would be the entire city. If we were the badasses we pretend to be, we'd rig

every ice cream truck and mitzvah mobile to blare Neruda's "We Are

Many" on repeat:

Of the many men whom I am, whom we are,

I cannot settle on a single one.

They are lost to me under the cover of clothing

They have departed for another city.

When everything seems to be set

to show me off as a man of intelligence,

the fool I keep concealed on my person

takes over my talk and occupies my mouth.

On other occasions, I am dozing in the midst

of people of some distinction,

and when I summon my courageous self,

a coward completely unknown to me

swaddles my poor skeleton

in a thousand tiny reservations.

When a stately home bursts into flames,

instead of the fireman I summon,

an arsonist bursts on the scene,

and he is I. There is nothing I can do.

What must I do to distinguish myself?

How can I put myself together?

With the above poetry blitz too ambitious, however, Landsberger has suggested

five Miami locales that are in dire need of some poetry. Here they are:

The Dueling Frita Joints

El Rey del Las Fritas and El Mago de Las Fritas in Little Havana really

deserve some sort of epic poem to be written about them. I'd imagine it

as a battle between the King and the Magician, delivered as an accordion

duel, written in a terza rima a la Dante's Inferno. Who would win? I'd

have to give it to the O.G., El Rey. Who doesn't want to have fritas,

jugo de pina, and watch Sabado Gigante on a 57" flatscreen with the

cartoon happy go lucky king looking down on you?

163rd St (North Dade) - The entire street.

Starting at the Golden Glades interchange, going past the Jamaican soul

food restaurants, wig stores, hatters, a Wal-Mart the size of an

aircraft carrier, the best comic shop in Miami - Villains, Solid Gold,

Opa Locka State Park, all the way to the speed trap in Sunny Isles and

the wall of condominiums that blocks the ocean...nothing says Miami like

163rd. It needs an ode oh so badly.

Bayshore Municipal Golf Course on Miami Beach (27th & Prairie Ave)  

A transformation occurs hour by hour at this place. In the morning,

there are some golfers out, mostly just practicing their drives because

the putting greens are so ill kept, in the afternoon its a stretch of

sunbathing and skateboarding Miami High Schoolers, at night its an

unofficial dog park overloaded with unleashed pups scrunching on sea

grape leaves, and at late night the homeless crawl into the banyan trees

to catch some zzz's. It belongs to everybody. To time lapse a poem over

a day here would be really interesting.

Miami Jai Alai

The upstairs VIP area is where it's at. Find the secret elevator (if you

dare) and enjoy the plush purple couches. I have no idea how exactly

Jai-Alai works...I know its is a mix of handball and horse racing, but

that's one of the beautiful parts of watching it, inventing your own

rules. There must be some poem, somewhere, about Jai-Alai, so I think it

may be best to just leave this one alone and let it be. Don't read

poems in it, just go there and be inspired.

Larry and Penny Thompson Park

If you go to the Miami Zoo and look anywhere near the south end, like

the Kudu, you'll notice that behind the exhibit is a vast stretch of

uninhabited land. That stretch of African looking land is actually Larry

and Penny Thompson Park. There are oodles of undiscovered trails, and

if you hike in far enough, you can actually see the zoo animals. Go in

far enough and you can find your own Henry David Thoreau...with African


Of course, luxury mobiles like Ferraris don't come cheap. Landsberger is

raising the funds to rent the Italian ride via Kickstarter. Watch below:

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