they say a cat
will begin eating
your body
within four hours
of your death.

mornings when
i am awakened
by my cat nipping
at an exposed
foot or hand,

i flash back
to the kitchen
when i am standing
at the stove, tasting
the pasta to check
if it is ready.


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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