i have no idea
what the guy
in front of me
in the checkout line
at the supermarket
is up to

with the two packages
of “high fiber”
brownie toaster pastries,
and eight bottles
of gatorade.

it is fifty-three
degrees outside…
maybe he will be
sweating like a pig
after the brownies
kick in.


bill campana made his debut on december 8, 1955. disappointed with his early attempts at life, he abandoned his native bedford, ohio for phoenix, arizona. disappointed with his early attempts at writing poetry, he abandoned the craft for 20 years before returning with focus and purpose in 1997. writing poetry with the intent of reading it aloud in public, he has called many venues “home” in the 18 years since, hosting and participating in poetry slams and poetry open mics (more often than not). bill is currently at {9} the gallery on phoenix’s legendary grand avenue, hosting the open mic portion of the caffeine corridor poetry series, now in its 7th year. this is his 3rd collection of poetry.

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