Favorite Zip Odes: Poems about cafecito, heat, language and I-95 traffic
All month long we've been celebrating National Poetry Month with O, Miami and some of our favorite Zip Odes — five-line poems inspired by your postal zip code.
And boy, did you answer the call! WLRN and O, Miami received more than 2,000 poems.
The Zip Ode, an original form invented by O, Miami and WLRN, is designed to transform your zip code into an occasion for place-based, lyrical celebration.
So far this year, we've put poetry on a billboard in downtown Miami and aired some of our favorite verse on the radio. On April 26, we're ending the month with the return of in-person Zip Odes Finale at Vizcaya Late featuring 40 of our favorite poems this year.
You don't have to wait until next year to submit your Zip Ode. You can submit all year long here.
The rules are simple: Write the numbers of your zip code down the left-hand side of the page. Each number determines the number of words in that line. If you have a zero in your zip code, that line is a wild card! You can leave it blank, insert an emoji or symbol, use a punctuation mark, or otherwise surprise us.
Here are the selected poems from weeks 1 through 4. (You can also check out — and share — these poems on Instagram here or Facebook here.) Spotlight poems were announced O, Miami and WLRN's social media every Saturday in April.