Post Haste

O, Miami Poetry Festival / Unscripted Bal Harbour

“Post Haste” was an original outdoor poetry exhibition featuring a series of four visual poems by O, Miami on Miami Beach’s Bal Habour beachwalk. Inspired by pre-war marketing for the Burma Shave Company—famous for its advertising campaigns featuring humorous rhyming poems on small sequential highway signs—the poems are presented according to the speed of the beachwalk’s usage as a thoroughfare for biking, jogging, and walking. Each poem is divided into six signs and is designed to be read in one continuous pass and one direction, though all four poems are also in conversation with each other. The project was part of O, Miami’s larger mission for every single person in Miami-Dade County to encounter a poem.

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Sequential poetry sign #2 (of 6); photo by World Red Eye, courtesy Unscripted Bal Harbour

“Reading a poem is a lot more fun than running alone.” One of four six-part signs; poem by O, Miami

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Opening event walkthrough with exhibition curator Claire Breukel; photos by World Red Eye, courtesy Unscripted Bal Harbour

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“The only time I’m not alone is when you’re looking at me.” One of four six-part signs; poem by O, Miami

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Sequential poetry sign #3 (of 6); photo by World Red Eye, courtesy Unscripted Bal Harbour

Exhibition opening invitation; 6-panel accordion fold, printed 4/1. The invitation features one of the outdoor exhibition’s sequential sign poems: “Summer is the best time to stay inside and read a book about summer.”