This post is for all those who chose to analyze "Kitchenette Building:"
When Gwendolyn Brooks mentions "Dream," I believe she is talking about the American Dream since she mentions some values along with it. These include "rent," "satisfying a man," and "feeding a wife." I believe that she is suggesting that many people do not think much about their lives or goals in life. They do the bare minimum to get through their bills, expenses, and their days' activities. I see this view when she says, "'Dream' makes a giddy sound, not strong," and, "Even if we were willing to let it in, Had time to warm it, keep it very clean...We wonder. But not well!...We think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it,"
I do not consider myself to be skilled at analyzing poetry. Am I analyzing this in the right context? What do you think is the metaphorical meaning of the poem?