The Brooklyn Conflict 

They made my hometown common knowledge said Calel 

on the back of the Dragon Deluxe Bus 

15 bucks 

And some guts 

And you in New York City for the price of a movie ticket 

Or 15 bags of them bags that used to be 25 cents

They got the nerve to make the bags bigger but just add more air 

But yeah 

They made my hometown common knowledge

Trendy bike path paving, organic food stores placing 

reusable bags toting, common knowledge  

Peeping at me behind glass like I don’t belong on the streets that scraped and shaped my knees  

In between sips of agave sweetened tea or some coconut water in a BPA free can,

my favorites. 

-Amani O+

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Amani O+

A radical of the heart and pacifist of the mind, I spend much of my time contemplating the degrees of difference between humans, other animals and non-living things. Committed to changing the world through both overt and subversive techniques I am a writer, farmer, educator, performer and community organizer who uses the tools of artistic expression, urban agriculture and social awareness to impact change and foster a sense of empathy and inter-being in local urban communities. I am committed raising my voice and using the power of art to spark major social change in the Capital Region and the larger world.

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