Prompt: Crime of Poverty

The prompt this week was inspired from the poem, “What I’ve Learned,” by Stanley Kiesel in his book Prick the Balloon.

Keisel was a kindergarten teacher who went on to five books of poetry and The War Between the Pitiful Teachers and the Splendid Kids,” about his life as a teacher, called “Explosively funny” by Publishers Weekly.

In this particular poem, he ends it with the following line, which became our prompt:

The crime of poverty is not committed by the poor.


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