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O, Miami's Lunch Poems: Tasty Tweets for Your Midday Meal

They say hunger gives an artist inspiration. That could be the reason Miami's restaurateurs and writers have been sharing Lunch Poems.

Lunch Poems -- sponsored by the Arts & Business Council and O, Miami -- is Miami's largest crowdsourced poetry project. And you're invited to join in the fun.

The project, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Poet Frank O'Hara's book Lunch Poems, asks Miami to wax poetic about everyone's favorite part of the day: lunch.

Just tweet your lunch-related poem using hashtag #lunchpoems to get involved. The best tweets will be retweeted and shared on social media. Some might even be read at the Lunch Poems & Creative Happy Hour this Thursday, April 24.

The happy hour, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Stage Miami, features champagne, courtesy of Moon Star Fine Arts, sandwich bites, a Mediterranean-inspired gazpacho tasting with Tio Gazpacho, live music, and, of course, poetry. Author Mandy Baca and the Biscayne Poet will read poetry, including #lunchpoems selections.

Tickets to the happy hour cost $12 for general admission and $25 for VIP, which includes a limited-edition tote bag filled with goodies. Tickets are on sale at

In the meantime, get in on the action and share a poem using #lunchpoems. Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you.

And here's my contribution:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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