A few weeks ago, we spoke sternly and admonished Miamians for their refusal to read poetry aloud. The Toronto-based video bloggers How Pedestrian were in town for O, Miami, asking people on the street to read verse on camera. And it freaked us out a little when the Canadians reported on their blog that their success rate in other cities (90%) was their failure rate in Miami. For those who texted their friends all through math class, that means nine out of ten people turned them down.
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But after that first day, it appears Miamians grew a pair and started participating. Check How Pedestrian's blog for all the videos of Miami folks reading poems. (Make sure you watch "To Inflame the Civic Temper" read at a Miami DMV.) Among our favorites is Edwidge Danticat, one of our 100 Creatives and a MacArthur genius grant recipient, reading fellow Miami writer Madafi Pierre's poem at the Libreri Mapou bookstore in Little Haiti. See the video after the cut.