Brad Bathgate - New York Writer, Artist Extraordinaire - Page 2
After a childhood spent on the road all over the world as an Army brat, readjustment to American society came as something of a shock, but an experience overall that seems to have heightened his sense of awareness. "When you get outside the box, you get a different perspective," he says. "It just teaches you to see things differently."
He credits a 1998 visit to a poetry reading in Harlem with being the spark that united that insight with the notion of expressing it in words and performance. It's part poetry, part stand up, part verbal assault. "I just go against opinions - trying to find the logic in it," he says. The results are funny, albeit maybe not always for the faint of heart.
"Most people like to play it safe. But life isn't about playing it safe."
Welcome to life is a bitch
And whenever the movie script calls for that urban look
The camera crew comes to my block
And graffiti is always in the background of some cat's portfolio
Sometimes with the letters spray painted in calligraphy
like the font on the cover of the Good book
And survival is the code we live by
But let me tell you something about Black people
We make this struggling shit look easy!
We do it so well we even named a dance after it,
And it was called: