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Write an ode to your ZIP Code

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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.

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How to write a Zip Ode

A Zip Ode is a poem about where you live, composed in the form of your zip code.

The rules are simple: enter your 5-digit zip code into our ZipOde Generator. Every Zip Ode is five lines long. Each digit determines how many words per line. Enter your email address and then submit.

An example using zip code 33314

3 The iguanas are
3 the same size
3 as my dog,
1 and
4 it’s a little scary.

  • Amelia Alexander

What happens if your zip code has a 0? Well, that is a WILD CARD line! You can leave that line blank, use a punctuation mark, or otherwise surprise us.

Each week, we’ll choose around 10 #ZipOdes to feature on air and on social media.

The deadline to submit your ZipOde is April 22nd.

You may submit as many #ZipOdes as you like. Feel free to share with friends and family, and check our Instagram page for the latest #ZipOdes.

We can’t wait to read your #ZipOdes!


ZipOde Submission

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