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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.
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.