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The Golden Age of Islamic Poetry: A Workshop

  • Arts & Recreation Center 675 Ali Baba Avenue Opa-locka, FL, 33054 United States (map)

Created and led by poet Patrick Cox, the Golden Age of Islamic Poetry is a workshop that introduces participants to poetry classics of the Muslim world and invites them to try their hand at enduring forms from the Middle East. The workshop begins with a short walking tour of the beautiful and unique architecture of Opa Locka.


The workshop will provide a scenic walking tour, historic facts behind the founding of Opa Locka, a brief overview of A Thousand and One Nights, and the poetry of the Islamic Golden Age. The audience will then indulge in the era’s rich tradition of poetry, particularly on love, romance, the Divine, and ethereal beauty. Poems from a number of the tradition’s poets, such as Rumi, Omar Khayyam, and Hafez, will be read while classical representations from the visual arts are displayed. Attendees will be given a sampling of Hispano-Arabic poetry and afforded the opportunity to take notes of their favorite themes, poets, and/or poems among those presented.

For the workshop’s first exercise, participants will take part in a walking tour of Opa-Locka’s historic Islamic Architecture. Participants will be provided with hand-outs of selected Middle Eastern poems and asked to write a poem either in response to a featured building of their choice. The event will wrap up with an open discussion about any new perspectives on the Opa Locka's architecture, street names, and literary and poetic influence on its founding, as well as responses to Islamic Golden Age poetry.

Please bring sensible walking shoes and weather appropriate attire.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Operations Managers, Melody Santiago Cummings at five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

Presented in collaboration with the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation.