Last April, artist and graphic designer Randy Burman created Poetry Traffic Signs and bolted them up throughout the city. He’s taken most of them down by now, but there are still a few stragglers claiming the right to whimsy for Miami streets and sidewalks and paths...
Now this April, Burman, who won a Miami New Times MasterMind Genius Award for his traffic signs, has designed an even better (i.e. edible) project called Poetry Pops: hand-made, naturally-flavored Italian ice popsicles, with a poem on each side of the wrapper. Ice-cream man Shel Shiverstein will distribute the Poetry Pops for free at O, Miami events and other gatherings throughout the month.
According to Poetry Pops lore, "Poetry Pops came into being on a blustery winter night in 1899 when a Pennsylvania farmer named Shel Shiverstein unknowingly dropped a book of poetry he had been carrying in his pocket as he dismounted from his tractor. The next morning he found the frozen book of poetry on the ground next to the tractor with just a little bit of the spine sticking up through the freshly fallen snow... And the idea struck him that frozen poetry on a stick might actually be a great way to read poetry. He experimented and tinkered with the idea for a few years and eventually sold the farm and opened a small frozen poetry on a stick shop in nearby Reading.” Now, 116 years later, Shel Shiverstein, Jr. honors the original Shiverstein memory with Mango- and Strawberry-flavored popsicles wrapped in the poetry of Miami residents.
Look for the Poetry Pops cart at O, Miami and other events throughout April, including Poetry in the Park, Doggleggers, Big Night in Little Haiti, Viernes Culturales, and My Soul's Shadow, a shadow puppet performance by the spectacular Manual Cinema. Take a photo holding a Poetry Pop and Instagram #poetrypops or #omiami for a chance to win Poetry Pops & O, Miami prizes!