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 omiami.org.
In the meantime, get in on the action and share a poem using #lunchpoems. Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you.
Mayo, O mayo, on our turkey sub not even a trace. Bacon-Miso aioli with its smokey salty goodness takes your place #lunchpoems
— Subatomic Sandwiches (@subatomicsubs) April 17, 2014
It burns but a moment just a second on the lips. To tongues a time longer so be cautious your sips. #lunchpoems
— neMesis Urban Bistro (@neMesisbistro) April 3, 2014
— Edible South Florida (@EdibleSoFla) April 21, 2014
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
- Jonathan Swift
— The Federal FDP (@TheFederalMia) April 20, 2014
Nightmares haunted me
and kept me awake: The world's
— Pork Belly Times (@porkbellytimes) April 19, 2014
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And here's my contribution:
A fearsome creature growls. Hunger stalks me. Swords and guns do no good against this foe. A sandwich is my only weapon. #LunchPoems
— Laine Doss (@LaineDoss) April 21, 2014