young jesus
is spinning a
“cash for salvation”
sign at the corner
of hard luck and

last season
he was just a profit
selling flowers
on the main drag
out of five gallon
plastic buckets

the tax shelter
is doing stand-up
in front of a red
brick wall

she is

other young ladies
are taking food orders
and directing you
to pray at the first

your last supper
was a can of tuna
cut with one sardine

a meal fit for
the solitude


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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