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5: Curb Appeal by Adan Bean

March 12, 2017

 

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From this week's episode:

 

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Check out this episode on Unpleasant Design from 99 ½ invisible: HERE

 

Check out these episodes on Busting the Myths of Poverty from On The Media: HERE

 

Some organizations in Atlanta addressing Homelessness:

https://www.bridgeoflightatl.org/

http://lovebeyondwalls.org/

http://gahomeless.org/

http://atlantamission.org/

 

Be The Bridge Organization (for racial reconciliation):

https://beabridgebuilder.com/

 

Book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

 

Documentary: 13th on Netflix

 

Adan Contact Information:

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Below are the words from the poem "Curb Appeal", written and performed by Adan Bean.

 

Curb Appeal

 

Be as it may;

 

Home of the castaways

 

the city whispers

 

We fast and pray.

 

A sinner’s saturday

 

The saints of the latter-day,

 

From the Fabulous Fox

 

We're like a block away,

 

Courtland & Pine, where misfortunes align

 

the great disparity between your portion and mine

 

Such a morbid design, but of course with the time

 

that passes it has to start warping our mind

 

This familiar ugly

 

The foreign beauty

 

Amidst these redlined neighborhoods

 

You might find a ruby

 

There’s hidden gems

 

in plain sight

 

In this vicious world

 

Rufus Wainwright

 

[when you’re] limbo-ing the poverty line

 

your life is some kind of crime

 

Panhandle for dollar signs;

 

feeding me can get you fined

 

Medicate w/ freebase, drank or wine

 

Missing rungs on that ladder to success they want us to climb

_____________________

 

“No handouts”

 

“I don’t carry cash”

 

"I got you next time”

 

“This is all I have”

 

Every decline to help

 

sounds super hollow

 

hungry belly with

 

only pride to swallow

 

The pebbles of the street

 

leave impressions on my cheek

 

today’s newspapers serve

 

as tonight’s bedsheet

 

Trying to make ends meet,

 

Locked in a dead heat

 

with survival and yet,

 

I’m racing with these lead feet

 

Just as well

 

(the streets of) Pratt & Bell

 

Prior to heaven

 

But after hell

 

Poverty’s Paradise

 

Vagrant Valhalla

 

Somewhere between the Inshallah

 

and the Our Father

 

The park is my kitchen

 

my livingroom is that bridge

 

my bed is that bench

 

and the trashcan is my fridge

 

Midtown, 4th Ward,

 

SW - too strong

 

The scabs of the city

 

Been picked at for too long

 

Foxes have holes, birds have nests, the son of Man has no place where he can rest.

 

Foxes have holes, birds have nests, the son of Man has no place where he can rest.

_____________________

 

The poverty stricken

 

the inadequate

 

the indigent

 

the hapless

 

the penniless

 

the destitute

 

the only difference is...

 

...these guys rock a tie and suit.

 

Corporate Camouflage; 3 car garage

 

The McMansion expansion; opulent mirage

 

The 5 bedrooms; curb appeal, class struggle

 

The economy will commonly burst your housing bubble

 

The suburban sprawl

 

gaudy high rises

 

lock in the mortgage rate

 

'fore they increase prices

 

empty developments

 

vacant subdivisions

 

Cee-Lo told you that that gate could become a prison

 

Listen - nothing’s wrong if you and yours want a lawn

 

But a man’s castle is a hassle

 

if that's where his hearts drawn

 

A house ain’t a home;

 

let the government foreclose you;

 

it’s so true

 

A roof over your head, can ironically, expose you.

 

Foxes have holes, birds have nests, the son of Man has no place where he can rest

 

Foxes have holes, birds have nests, the son of Man has no place where he can rest.

 

"And it might not be such a bad idea if I never, never went home again..."

 

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