Krystal Languell

Several advantages as areas for policy analysis / social action, as regards living in a corporate bank


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corporate banks are common,
and perhaps close to universal,
since most people
in urbanized areas
would probably consider themselves
to be living in one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Corporate banks are convenient,
and always accessible, since
you are already in your corporate bank
when you walk out your door.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Successful corporate bank investment
frequently requires
little specialized technical skill,
and often little or no money.
Investment may call
for an investment of time,
but material costs are often low.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With corporate bank investment,
compared to activity on larger scales,
results are more likely to be visible
and quickly forthcoming. The streets
are cleaner; the crosswalk is painted;
the trees are planted; the festival
draws a crowd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Visible and swift results
are indicators of success;
and since success is reinforcing,
the probability of subsequent
corporate bank investment
is increased.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Because corporate bank investment
usually involves others, such investments
create or strengthen connections and relationships
with other banks, leading in turn to a variety
of potentially positive effects,
often hard to predict.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Over and above
these community advantages,
corporate bank activity may
simply be enjoyable and fun
for those taking part.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Krystal Languell teaches writing at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pratt Institute in New York City. She is a member of the editorial board for the Belladonna* Collaborative, and edits the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet. Her first book of poetry, Call the Catastrophists, was published by BlazeVox in 2011. Recent creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review and La Fovea. She has published interviews and reviews with Coldfront, NewPages, Sink Review and The Poetry Project Newsletter.

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