Poetry Roller

April 2016

Miami Beach

Created by Juan Gelez and Delia Rivera of Joint Studio, The Poetry Roller is an original invention that writes shorts poems into wet sand. The first iteration of the roller was created for O, Miami Poetry Festival 2016 and used on the beaches of Miami Beach during April 2016. The excerpt is by Miami-born poet Donald Justice (1925-2004) and reads, "Mañana? Always Mañana." It's from Justice's poem, "Self-Portrait as Still Life." You can find the poem in his Collected Poems, published by Knopf, and for more on Donald Justice, visit donaldjustice.org.

Funding for the project was provided by the The City of Miami Beach, The Betsy-South Beach, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The State of Florida's Culture Builds Florida Alliance.

Fabrication assistance was generously provided by Moonlighter Fablab and Deft Union.

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