- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Long Shot Productions; 1 edition (January 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965473821
- ISBN-13: 978-0965473828
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,363,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ain't This Place A Bitch?
The Appropriation Of A %billy Joel Classic
Ashes To Ashes
The Beggar Gets Too Preachy
The Beggar Is A Vegetarian
Broke Mirror Image
A Burnt Offering At The Babalao
Charity Begins At Home
Chasing The Holy Ghosts
Confessions Of A Flagellant
Confessions Of A Urinal
Conversation With Myself On The Curb
Conversations With Job
Dictionary Of Terminology
Diet To Die For
Discourse On Sanity &well Being
Dysentery For Beginners
Fat-free Suggestions From The State
The Fate Of A Would-be Feminist Observed From A Street Corner
First Impressions Are Lasting
For Poets Who Wanna Be Comedians When We Dyin &ain't A Damn Thing....
Fortune Cookies For The Rich
Further Complaints From An Ungrateful Tenant
Further Deliberations On Death
A Gathering Of Old Winos
Going Out Of Business Sale
The Good Thief Speaks Again
Hand-me_downs Right Over
Handouts From The Church
Highlights Of A Beggar's Resume
Homeless Sue Cops For Kidnapping
I Create My Own Job
I Do Too
In Other News
In The Metro
Instructions From The Guillotine For Those Who Crave Nicotine
The Joy Of Socks
Judgment & Criticism
Karmic News Flash
Lecture On Art & Eating
Memories Of Eating
Monotony Of A Hunger Artist
More Questions For The Petty Bourgeoisie
Mouth Of Pavement
My Mother? I'll Tell You About My Mother
Not Brueghel But Brutal
On Marriage & Living Happily Ever After
On The Rise Of The Police Force
One Day When I Am Boss
Pictures Of Broke
Poetry Speaks To Me
The Proof Is In The Pudding
Race & Class
Recipe For Murder
Rule No. 1 On What Not To Say When Panhandling
Scenes From The People's Court
Sermon On The Mount
Seven Days In May
Snapshots Of A Beggar's Difficult Life
Subway Car Seminar
Suicide Is A Luxury I Could Do Without!
Sympathy From The Diary Of A Hunger Artist
Ten Commandments Of A Street Poet
This Just In: The Mayor Hands Out $100 Fines For Anyone Caught ......
Through The Clear Glass
Wanted: The Story Of My Life
Ways Of Seeing & Saying On Ways Of Being
What School Children Tell Me %as They Watch People Step Over Me....
What We Owe We Owe To Science
What's The Weather Like Today?
When A Man Leaves His Wife For An Ottoman
You're Missing The Point, They Tell Me!
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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Medina, a native of the South Bronx, is a master of using humor to break the tension of such a sensitive and devastating subject as homelessness. In one of the pieces, in which Broke is watching a prostitute get arrested simply reads:
However, the humorous and sarcastic undertones of the piece are always used affectively in a way that allows the reader to relate to Broke, seeing the humanness in the fact that even those in Broke's social position still has a sense of humor, but does not undermine the political implications of the piece by constantly reminding the reader of the fact that Broke is a product of an remorseless capitalist society.
Though many of the pieces are meant to be humorous there are several that make bold hard hitting statements that the reader is unable to miss:
Medina's mastery of this type of dark humor makes Broke a multidimensional believable character which is the most commendable aspect of this work. If I had to speculate I would say that Medina uses this element to inform the reader of the fragility of their comfortable lives. The reader is allowed to see Broke in a many different lights and to see Broke as a person, not just another bum begging for change and is left with the sense that they themselves are an eviction notice away from being like Broke.