“Atlanta: Clearing Homeless in the Name of Economic Revitalization” (Laurence Stacey)

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………………..roadside beggar
………………..the BMW
………………..lurches forward

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Headlines:

“Atlanta: Clearing Homeless in the Name of Economic Revitalization” (DPH)

“Atlanta Mayor Anti-Homeless Trend” (Assata Shakur Forums)

“Atlanta Mayoral Elections” (Technique)

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Poem by Laurence Stacey (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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  1. Dick Whyte

    Another brilliant poem from you Laurence. Very nice indeed. As Robyn said, “Your pen is like a Marxist scalpel.” Keep up the great work man.

  2. Chen-ou Liu

    Laurence, I like your poem and am impressed by the concluding line. It indicates the important relationship between precise verb choice and effective writing.

    Chen-ou

  3. Dick Whyte

    Nice comment Chen-ou. You have raised a very interesting and vital point to the composition of haiku: precise word choice. And I totally agree with your statement – it is the precise choice of the verb here which make this poem really sing. I am trying to think of other verbs which might fit: lunges, staggers, speeds? None of them have quite the same effect. Nice analysis!!

  4. Laurence Stacey-Editor

    Thanks guys! These are some really great readings!

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