Mastermind 2012 Honorable Mention: Hialeah Haikus

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 150 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced March 8 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

Hialeah Haikus

This isn't the first time Hialeah Haikus has made it onto our humble (fantastic, enriching, and did we mention humble) blog. In fact, the project has been a regular in these pages since 2010, bro. Alex Fumero and Marco Ramirez, collectively known as Foryoucansee and authors of Hialeah Haikus, have created the ultimate collection of modern Miami verse. Fumero and Ramirez provide astonishing, hallucinatory experiences in a journey through the deep, dark brown-ness of one of America's most diverse communities: Hialeah, Florida.

Foryoucansee is a collective of writers, actors, performance artists, and --why not? -- veterinary assistants. And their book, Hialeah Haikus, was named Best Poetry Book in 2011 by -- who else? -- New Times.

The young, Miami-born artists combine ancient Japanese short-form poetry with a certain je ne sais quoi only familiar to those of us raised in the 305. At $10 a pop, Hialeah Haikus would make an awesome, inexpensive gift to anyone who who knows what Miami is all about; we'd even venture to say the same people who loved the Shit Miami Girls Say... And Guys meme videos would love this paperback just as much. It's close to home -- who doesn't love that?

"ITT said no.
Cordon Bleu said no (for now).
Gonna be a cop."

"Like, bro, why, bro, why
For real, bro, seriously
Man, bro, like come on."

"Sopa de pollo
Vivaporub on the chest
Bye-Bye Catarro."

In 2011, Miami International Book Fair hosted a reading of the book, and it has been presented twice to standing-room-only crowds at Books and Books in Coral Gables. NBC Miami said it's "a book of poetry that only a Miamian can appreciate."

We couldn't agree more. In their honor, we've come up with a little haiku of our own:

M.I.A. Shakespeares:
Didn't win Mastermind grant
We still love you, hear?

Honorable Mentions:

Jonathan David Kane

Eddy "Earthtone" Vegas

Bannavis Andrew Sribyata
Sarah Kontoff Baker
Jason Snyder
Valeria Yamamoto
Jayme Gershen

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