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Sara Comito – Florida Dreams of Peru


This month’s Versed in Florida is with Sara Comito. She has lived in Fort Myers for the past 13 years and works as communications editor for a local PR and Marketing agency. Her poetry has appeared in dozens of print and electronic journals and anthologies.

Undeterred by the small size of their square city lot, she and her stonemason husband are urban farmers and beekeepers, eschewing the traditional front lawn for a jungle of fruits, veggies and flowering plants much of which, she tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif, is a muse for her poetry.

Florida Dreams of Peru

Kiln dried mummies, landscape of once were alpacas.
Now all the wool is farmed in Alva, whose town museum
opens one day a week. Also: it's very warm here.

The llamas they use to guard the sheep. More vicious than dogs,
they say, and better insinuators for their unwolvenness. They grind
rather than tear. The Calusa would be confounded!

Well how appropriate would it be to have camels running around
under the orange trees, humps bumping all that Spanish fruit?
Better to leave blankets on the desertification,

those Nazca scars of ash; we have our epiphytic moss, but
really need less softening. There's a picture of an eagle
soaring over Peru. Wingspan of my palm.

Everything concentric, windless. 

Amy Tardif is WGCU’s FM Station Manager and News Director. She oversees a staff of 10 full and part-time people and interns in news, production and the radio reading service. Her program Lucia's Letter on human trafficking received a coveted Peabody Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, a gold medal from the New York Festivals and 1st place for Best Documentary from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. She was the first woman in radio to Chair RTDNA, having previously served as Chair-Elect and the Region 13 representative on its Board of Directors for which she helped write an e-book on plagiarism and fabrication. She also serves on the FPBS Board of Directors and served on the PRNDI Board of Directors from 2007 -2012. Tardif has been selected twice to serve as a managing editor for NPR's Next Generation Radio Project. She served on the Editorial Integrity for Public Media Project helping to write the section on employee's activities beyond their public media work. She was the producer and host of Gulf Coast Live Arts Edition for 8 years and spent 14 years as WGCU’s local host of NPR's Morning Edition. Amy spent five years as producer and managing editor of WGCU-TV’s former monthly environmental documentary programs In Focus on the Environment and Earth Edition. Prior to joining WGCU Public Media in 1993, she was the spokesperson for the Fort Myers Police Department, spent 6 years reporting and anchoring for television stations in Fort Myers and Austin, Minnesota and reported for WUSF Public Radio in Tampa. Amy has two sons in college and loves fencing, performing in local theater and horseback riding.