How Short Can a Poem Be

April 2018

Various locations

How Short Can a Poem Be
Project by Carmen Pelaez

One time, some well-meaning but not very thoughtful person made a pencil that said, “TOO COOL TO DO DRUGS” along the side and distributed it to thousands of schoolchildren, who, after sharpening it, discovered that it also said, “COOL TO DO DRUGS” and “TO DO DRUGS” and “DO DRUGS” and “DRUGS.”

Artist Carmen Pelaez partnered with O, Miami to make a poetry version and distribute it to kids.

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