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They keep saying that nonprofit art murals
and more surveillance cameras on the walls
of buildings will help the streets struggle less

will make the buildings look less
empty as if all Atlanta really needs is a facelift,
that if Atlanta would just pave and paint
and build over all the poverty, the struggle,
then the disenfranchised will be thankful
and a hundred plus years of hate
will no longer haunt here

as if the side effect of Art is amnesia;
we’ll forget our own struggle, because
our neighborhood has some new paint
on a wall where our graffiti once was
and everything looks nice now, so nice
that we want
to fuck
it up.

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