Rap has brought the power of words to a much wider audience than poetry has done in many generations. On Grafton Street this week this rap-like text, written out so neatly, decorated so elaborately, and punctuated so carefully, was an interesting meeting of busking and begging, art and angst, marketing and mankind's misery.
Think of all the point-of-sale copy the shoppers of Grafton Street would have encountered on their jaunt, and then this: saying something like "I'm less fortunate than you. Share your money with me." and "You should feel guilty. Buy some good feelings to-go from me, and I'll wipe clean your sin sheet."