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If you ever wanted to dress up as your favorite dead poet, it's time to drag out your Gertrude Stein, Robert Frost and Hafez costumes for O, Miami's “Poetry is Dead” parade. The parade starts outside of The Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive and “will act as a funeral procession in reverse,” whereby the dead poets will rise up and reclaim their voices. The parade starts at noon this Sunday, April 28th.
After the parade, presidential inauguration poet Richard Blanco, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and NBC's Megan Amram will close the O, Miami Poetry Festival with a poetry reading at the New World Symphony Center on Sunday, April 28th at 7 p.m. There will also be poetry films by the Borscht Film Festival. Tickets are selling out, so reserve your ticket as soon as possible.
And, finally, once the reading ends, hop in your poetry-mobile and head over to the Sweat Records party at Freehand Miami for the "O,fter Party" with Thurston Moore.
When: April 28 - noon What: Poetry Is Dead Parade Where: >>> In the park across from The Betsy-South Beach, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach Who: Student groups, cultural organizations Poetry is dead! Or is it? The Poetry is Dead parade will act as a funeral procession in reverse, beginning outside The Betsy South Beach hotel and marching through Lummus Park. Selected performances featuring local students and arts groups, positioned as stops along the parade route, will act as inspired re-awakenings or summonings of the spirits of dead poets. Come dressed as your favorite dead poet.
When: April 28 - 7 p.m. What: Megan & Richard & Thurston, O, MI! Where: >>> New World Center Symphony Hall, 500 17th St., Miami Beach Who: Richard Blanco, Thurston Moore, Megan Amram 2013 Presidential Inauguration poet Richard Blanco, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and NBC's Megan Amram read poetry in the New World Symphony Hall. Plus surprise guest poets and poetry films by the Borscht Film Fest. Tickets are $20, $30 (with tote gift bag) and $50 (with tote gift bag and copy of Richard Blanco's "One Today").
When: April 28 - 10 p.m. What: O,fter Party with Thurston Moore Where: >>> The Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach Who: Richard Blanco, Thurston Moore, Megan Amram Join 2013 Presidential Inauguration poet Richard Blanco, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and NBC's Megan Amram for an official "O,fter Party" thrown with our friends from Sweat Records.