Earlier this month, Florida celebrated the 500th anniversary of explorer Ponce de León’s discovery of the state. In a new book, "Finding Florida," T. D. Allman takes a critical look at the forces that shaped that state — starting with Ponce de Leon.
Allman writes: “Florida is like Play-Doh. Take the goo; mold it to your dream. Then watch the dream ooze back into goo. Contrary to what our school books taught us, Ponce did not discover Florida. He never did much of anything here except get himself killed.”
Our friends at WLRN in South Florida are launching a project called “That’s So Miami” and asking everyone to submit a poem -of any length- about Miami. Visit their Tumblr page or tweet your poem to them using the hash-tag #thatssomiami.