Pixels on Screen. 2018. 3600 x 4800 px.

Pixels on Screen. 2019. 3600 x 4800 px.

If you can’t pay to remove your trash you could always illegally dump it. A garbage bag. A broken chair, a chest of drawers. Boxes of unwanted clothes and children’s toys. A box spring mattress.

A crime that naturally occurs in blighted neighborhoods. With vacant lots and empty warehouses. The blind spots of city halls. Where the working poor have been kept till now.

It’s never quite clear who commits it. Beyond the hands for hire: two pairs and one box truck. A local’s knowledge of neglected places and cut-rate prices paid in cash. No questions asked. But even that could be too expensive.

Is it the renter whose worn-out furniture can’t fit in the container? Placing it on the curb with a sign that says “FREE.”

Maybe the homeowner laden with bills who can’t pay for a bigger container. Sending a son down the block with two Hefty bags.

Its utility is clear in any case. A life hack for your wallet. Transferring a burden onto another who bears the cost. The absentee property owner. The business with a broad and fenceless lawn. The public.

When you’re poor you seize what opportunity affords. Or dispose of it.

a series of noun phrases and prose poems about the Bay
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