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#thesideshow March 10th 2016

A man on the sign says
You’d look better in a Rolex

A man on the street says
I know you

From somewhere
Are you in pictures?

So to speak
But both of you

Keep silent

Can you hear me?
Can you see me?

Lines from the scene in the prison cell

When it’s safe to suppose
Time is running out

Sometimes you can’t ever tell
Sometimes you can tell it all

Hold your tongue
With your thumb & index finger
& say


Chris Campanioni likes sweating, making mixtapes, and the Eighties, at least according to his Facebook. His “Billboards” poem responding to Latino stereotypes and mutable–and often muted–identity in the fashion world was awarded the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize and his novel Going Down was selected as Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. He edits PANK and lives in Brooklyn. Embrace the Death of Art.