Use a penny or your fingernail to reveal the words of an original poem by Ruefle: if the words in the poem match the words at the top of the ticket, you could win a prize. (Either way, you win a poem.) 1 out of 100 tickets is a winner. To collect your prize, come to the O, Miami final party at Gramp's. Tickets may be obtained at these four confirmed locations:
La Promesas Discount
637 SW 12th Av
Miami, FL 33130
203 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33127
176 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127
3509 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
The scratch-off poem project began when Agustina Woodgate pitched the idea to O, Miami. She had been interested in making scratch-off tickets, and, rather than working solo, wanted to try collaborating with a poet. After compiling a list of potential writers, Mary Ruefle—whose erasure poetry seemed the ideal fit for the project—was number one on the short list.
This is where the project met with some happy kismet. O, Miami translator and Jai-Alai editor, Jose Villar-Portela, was interning at this year's Palm Beach Poetry Festival when he met Mary Ruefle in person. The timing couldn’t have been better. An in-person proposal was the best way to get Mary (who is not easy to reach) to come on board with the project. Mary doesn't own a computer, so she and Agustina worked together via voicemail and, yes, even old fashioned snail-mail.
When asked about the project, Mary Ruefle said: "All credit goes to Agustina, 100% of it. She had the idea, I thought it was wonderful and was happy to provide a text, but all the credit was hers. It was a great idea!"
Prizes will consist of limited-edition, O, Miami items hand-customized by Woodgate. Some folks may be tempted to pick up two cards, one for keeps and one for play. All that remains to be seen, starting tomorrow, is how fast these little babies fly off the shelves.