2020 Merit Award
By Richard Widerkehr

written the week of the Douglas High School shootings; a bump stock lets a shooter fire dozens of rounds in seconds

Under this streetlight, a possum
lopes by brick houses, its gray-white muzzle
and needle nose low to the street.

Take action, said our rabbi.

Standing by my car,
I wonder who needs a bump stock
for self-defense.

Not right or wrong, needing no carry permit,
the possum skitters into an alley.

The empty street, the streetlight.

An alertness sends out tendrils,
almost part of the dark.

*Copyright 2020 by Richard Widerkehr. Broadside illustrated by Angela Boyle.

poetry is looking up

April 26, 2016

Randy Burman - O, Miami

From the Stuff We Love file comes this project in Miami, Florida. In cooperation with the Miami International Airport Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs and the literary culture organization O, Miami, artist Randy Burman has created a National Poetry Month project called Poems to the Sky. Short poems written by 3rd and 4th grade students at two local elementary schools have been painted on rooftops of Miami buildings in one of MIA’s several flight paths. These gigantic, skyward murals, visible to airplane passengers, are being documented with drone video and photography and brought back to the schools where they were created. BravO, Miami!
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	"Houedard, Dom Sylvester (British). Untitled (17/06/64). " Catalog Number: 40120

Ruth and Marvin Sackner have been collecting visual and concrete poetry for 40 years and have amassed close to a quarter of a million pieces. Now, but only through August 3, 2014, some 300 pieces from their collection are on exhibit at the new Pérez Art Museum Miami in A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.

Learn more about the Sackner Archive and browse the catalog. Read an interview with the Sackners in the Miami Rail and a very interesting article in The Atlantic. See A Brief Guide to Concrete Poetry at Poets.org. Highly recommended: the 2006 film Concrete!, which can be streamed, free, at Ubuweb. The film not only introduces the Sackners and their collection, but also gives tremendous insight into the passions and process of collecting itself.
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image: Dom Sylvester Houédard, untitled, 1964, Catalog Number: 40120, from The Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry

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