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 and then bring it to our ZipOde Throwdown on April 27. Details on both 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 in each line is determined by the number in your particular zip code.
Here’s one example, written by our own local poet laureate, Billy Collins:
3 You often hear
2 the threat
7 that goes “We know where you live.”
8 So no way I’m giving out my address,
9 but here’s a clue for my creditors and such.
~ U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins
If your zip code has a zero, that line can be left blank. Check out some featured ZipOdes below!
Send Us Your ZipOdes
The collection closes on April 27. Select ZipOde poems will be read on air and at our ZipOde Throwdown on April 27 (see below). 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!
Attend our ZipOde Throwdown at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando. Host Trevor Fraser, Orlando Sentinel entertainment reporter, will read some of our favorite poems and then invite you to take the stage to represent your neighborhood! We’ll have live music from local band Beemo and food from the Monsta Lobsta food truck. Learn more and invite your friends and family!
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 Laureate34711
Small town charms,
impacted by rapid growth
can be a good thing, or not –
~ Shirley Decker32809
3 – 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 Henderson
|From the poets at 90.7 WMFE: