Get your poems here! Miami Poetry Collective hits St. Petersburg

the Saturday Morning Market, and The [email protected].

[image-1]“I've always liked St. Pete,” says Nick Vagnoni, an MPC poet who co-organized the trip with a friend from New College living in St. Petersburg. Since the Depot relies on a busy, public space, he says, the Market and the Studio afford the perfect throng of poetry lovers and curious passers-by.

Early-morning shoppers will stumble upon a charming cluster of six to seven MPC typewriters and a stack of 6 Cent Journals, the Collective’s self-published ‘zine assembled by members in a single night and – until now – distributed only locally. In addition to their two-dollar poem purchases, customers at the Market will walk away with a copy of the Journal and an invitation to hear their poems read the following afternoon at The [email protected]

Like this villanelle about my pack of Camel Blues, my cat, and my bedroom, which I just ordered via Gchat from Vagnoni himself.

The topic is apt for this tribe of nomadic scribes. Frost himself said that, “Poets need not go to Niagara to write about the force of falling water.” Who knows? Maybe smelling the air outside Miami will inspire the Collective to hit the open road more often.

So halt with your fresh produce this Saturday and inspire an ode to your cucumbers. A typical Poem Depot poem takes little over ten minutes – a far cry from the ten years it took Virgil to write the Aeneid. But then, we’re not waiting for epic poetry, here. As they say: “Good poems take time, yours'll be ready in a minute.”

8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat., April 24, Saturday Morning Market, First Ave. S.and First St, St. Petersburg; 2 p.m. Sun., April 25, The [email protected], 620 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg.

A flash of inspiration; a divine moment of creative rapture. This is what every writer dreams of.

The writing process has been a favorite muse of writers since Sumerians first chiseled language into stone. Though the ease of transcription has improved with technological advancements, for some, the task of putting words on a page is no simpler now than it was six millennia ago. As Charles Peguy said: “A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.”

For some (like me), the process of writing can be a laborious task, spiraling into a cycle of obsession and, “How do I say what I mean?” For others, like the flash-poets at Miami Poetry Collective, writing is as simple as laying hands on an antique typewriter.

Founded, as the story goes, at a plastic table in front of Zeke’s Roadhouse Bar in the winter of 2008, Miami Poetry Collective has written themselves instantly into the tome of creative purists, straddling the Dadas and Beats as they put down uninhibited, unedited words on command at their Poem Depots.

Since last spring, they’ve set up their Remingtons and Olivettis on sidewalks and parking lots all over Miami, charging $2 for a clicked-out poem on your topic of choice. Want a villanelle about Fluffy the Cat? Clickety-click. A sonnet to your backyard banana tree? Ka-ching!

MPC has grown quickly since its inception, moving, on occasion, out of city ways and inside the walls of the Miami Art Museum, the Garden Lounge, the Vagabond, and the Epic Hotel, just to name a few. And this weekend, they’re leaving Miami for the very first time, to park their Smith Coronas at two of St. Pete’s finest fixtures:

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