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Kitchenette Building

Kitchenette Building

by Gwendolyn Brooks

Poverty Quotes

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Quote #4

Had time to warm it, keep it very clean, (9)

We mentioned before that this line, though talking about a dream, bears a striking resemblance to how you'd take care of a child. That's no coincidence. Taking care of a kid is no easy feat anywhere, but especially in the impoverished conditions of the kitchenettes.

Quote #5

Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now,
We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it. (12–13)

When you're poor and living in a kitchenette, you do not have your own private powder room where you can unwind at the end of a long day with a bubble bath. Bathrooms were usually shared with many families. Never mind the spa treatment. You'd be lucky to have enough hot water to get clean.

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