ZipOdes: Ode to Your Zip Code
ZipOdes is back! In honor of National Poetry Month, pay tribute to the least poetic definition of where you live: The ZIP Code! We want you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing an ode to your ZIP code (ZipOde) in Central Florida and beyond.
Submit your ZipOde by April 25, and then bring it to our ZipOde Throwdown on April 26. Details below!
So what is a ZipOde?
Each ZIP code is five numbers, so we’re asking that each ZipOde be five lines—the number of words (not syllables) in each line is determined by the number in your particular zip code.
Here’s an example, written by Flagler Beach resident Amber Pond:
3: Time seems confused
2: Forward, backward
3: This eclectic town
6: Beckoning menagerie of those who paused.
If your zip code has a zero, that line can be left blank. Check out some ZipOdes from last year below!
Send Us Your ZipOdes
The collection closes on April 25. Select ZipOde poems will be read on air and at our ZipOde Throwdown on April 26. You’re welcome to write a ZipOde for the zip code you call home, as well as your hometown zip code. If you live in College Park but hail from Boston, submit poems for both!
Thanks to NPR member station WLRN and O, Miami for letting us borrow their ZipOde concept!
Join us for the Third Annual ZipOde Throwdown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Timucua Arts Foundation’s White House. The event will feature performances by three of your favorite local artists from the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest: Holy Human, John Korbel and CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion. MORE DETAILS & RSVP >>
Invite your friends & family to represent their neighborhoods!
Featured 2017 ZipOde Submissions
You often hear
that goes “We know where you live.”
So no way I’m giving out my address,
but here’s a clue for my creditors and such.
~ Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate34711Small town charms,
impacted by rapid growth
can be a good thing, or not –
~ Shirley Decker328093 – Bell Isle Bedrooms
2 – midcentury modern
8 – older newer bigger smaller cottage colonial ranches wrecks
0 – (heavy sigh)
9 – Nothing ancient remains of Pinecastle settlements. Just a marker.
~ Jeff Henderson32801
Businesses, houses, apartments;
Can we be brought back together? I-4 Ultimate??
~ Logan Lamphere
|From the poets at 90.7 WMFE: