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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:

32789
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!

Get Started Now!

 

ZipOde Throwdown

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

 

32789
You often hear
the threat
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 –
will
wait.
~ 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 

32801
Businesses, houses, apartments;
Bisected, dissected;
Can we be brought back together? I-4 Ultimate??

#OrlandoUnited.
~ Logan Lamphere

 

32792
Some Winter Park
Some Casselberry
We are both Seminole and Orange residents
But there’s one place that brings us all together:
Donut King
~ Jody Mask

 

32836
Dr. Phillips neighborhood,
easy living.
Close to all the Walt Disney World parks,
and Universal Studios.
Why didn’t we move here sooner?
~ Ken Schreibman

 

34747
3 Neighbors smile politely
4 While scurrying home sprightly
7 Bluebirds tweet on quiet tree-lined streets
4 There is still trouble
7 But life is sweet inside “The Bubble”
~ Jennifer Sharp

 

96782
Far away from the United States national capitol
Hawai’I codes start with number nine,
because they were assigned East to West.
My code has the best meter for rhyme.
OOPS. Wrong.
~ Graham Watt

 

32765
Here chickens
run free
from Townhouse to the high school
while nearby, a sign shouts
“new development!”
~ Carter Richard

 

32765
Come on down
to Oviedo!
We’ve got the best schools, great neighborhoods,
and lots and lots and lots
and lots of wandering chickens.
~ Jacob Garrett

 

From the poets at 90.7 WMFE:

32819
Tourist and travelers
abound, in
and around my part of town, crossing I-Drive
before
they head home with sunburns, hangovers, and empty wallets.
~ Christine Hetzel

 

32765
I like chickens!
Do you?
If so, come to my town, Oviedo.
It is just down the road.
See chickens and say hello!
~ Donna Wittmann

 

32771
They call it
Orlando North
Far from Disney and the City Beautiful
Lies natural beauty of forests and lakes
Sanford
~ Chris Barch

 

32807
Love my Wawa
I do
and Baldwin Lake for oh so peaceful walks
children on bikes and strollers, puppies too!
~ Crystal Chavez

 

32825
Some people think
East Orlando
Only offers a mess of students and construction
But alas
We offer Waterford traffic, too
~ Kayla Bloomer

 

32803
Mills 50 Vibe
Downtown’s Better
We ditched the club, for arcade bar hub
(deep breath)
Mills 50 Tribe
~ Abe Aboraya

 

32812
Airplanes pass overhead,
Shuttling in
Tourists from across the nation and the globe.
Welcome
To Orlando.
~ Brendan Byrne

 

32725
Midnight Sirens Wailing
No Downtown
Booming Systems, Racing Cars, Motorcycles- Sonically Collide
Littered Streets
Multiple Drive Thru Liquor Stores
~ Bill Johnson

 

32828
Amazing colorful sunsets
Dogs walking
Children’s squeals and laughter coming from the park
Pretty flowers
Make for a pleasant evening stroll. Lucky me.
~ Sherry Alexander

 

32792
My wonderful town . . .
Winter Park?
No. Casselberry in Seminole County, that is!
I get the best both towns have to offer.
Lucky me!
~ Rachel Kaufman

 

32789
Great horned owls
peering intently
through the intertwined branches of towering oaks
alert to every sound and movement as dinner
scurries quickly across the manicured yards of Winter Park
~ Julie Frey, WMFE Board Trustee

 

32821
I hear screaming.
Terror/Joy
These opposing emotions emitted with searing sonic similarity.
Convoluted momentum,
Vocalized.
~ Paul Martinez, past WMFE Community Advisory Board member

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