From time to time we fall deep into rhythm, slip into verse and let feeling lead the way. The bright colors of the nastursium bud, the gaze of a forest creature. the wood fire wafting its sweet perfume from the kitchen. Smooth cypress grooves. The sparkle of crystal over our dining room. The glow of candlelight at the bar. Magic is everywhere.
The allusion here is The Cypress Room, our elegant American dining room three blocks south of Michael’s flagship where poetry first made its stamp in 2011 when Miami poet Campbell McGrath penned an original poem for the main dining room. It remains on the wall to this day.
Some may be inclined to typecast poetry as highbrow, only for the academic elite. But for the month of April, the fourth annual O, Miami Festival aims to debunk such preconceptions about the written word. Founder P. Scott Cunningham, director of Wynwood University and a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant recipient, seeks to make every Miami-Dade resident encounter a poem during this national poetry month, casting type across the city for public consumption. P. Scott has also dropped poems from a plane.
In a more intimate approach for O, Miami 2014, we are now proud to embrace poetry where the feeling is most profound, at The Cypress Room. Please enjoy Booklegger founder Nathaniel Sandler’s poetry collection in our restrooms. He began the Booklegger’s Library two years in June, “All the bookstores were closing and it was a place to get books. Now it’s something bigger. A community thing. I get donations and store everything in the art house. It’s an old fishing warehouse. There are artist studios. I have thousands of donations. But there’s no real point to cataloging it all. I take everything people give me and then sort through it.” Each time they do an event, it’s like a treasure hunt.
Enjoy this selection especially for us and the spirit of our elegant American dining room. Bring a volume to the bar, like Robert Graves’ POEMS ABOUT LOVE, enjoy Under the Olives, ponder nature and love, and let the world slip away. Enjoy the beauty and please kindly return books before bidding us adieu. Cheers from all of us at The Genuine Hospitality Group and HAPPY FRIDAY! Share what you learn with others by tagging #restroomreading, @Omiamifestival and @thecypressroom on Instagram.