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Pool & Billiards LiteratureSeveral years ago, when the internet was still new, I got the bright idea of making a site that was dedicated solely to pool and billiards literature. I surveyed all the available online material, chose what I considered the best examples, and built a webpage that featured them. The resulting site, Ace's Cool Pool Lit & Links, became one of the most frequently visited personal pool pages on the web. Related pages, like my pool and billiards in fine art page, my collection of photos of celebrities shooting pool, and my cue and billiards supply pages all enjoyed first page rankings on the major search engines. Visitors poured in.
In fact, so many visitors poured in that my ISP repeatedly threatened to close down my site because my traffic was exceeding their limit. So, I had no choice but to move my site to a new location, www.aceswebworld.com, and to sign up with a new web host. Now, traffic is no longer an issue. The literature presented here in an all new layout has been updated to include my latest writings. Hope you enjoy your visit.
Mark Twain AnecdoteWhile attending a billiard tourney on the evening of April 24, 1906, Mr. Twain was called on to speak. He told this story:
THE game of billiards has destroyed my naturally sweet disposition. Once, when I was an underpaid reporter in Virginia City, whenever I wished to play billiards I went out to look for an easy mark. One day a stranger came to town and opened a billiard parlor. I looked him over casually. When he proposed a game, I answered, "All right."
"Just knock the balls around a little so that I can get your gait," he said; and when I had done so, he remarked: "I will be perfectly fair with you. I'll play you left-handed." I felt hurt, for he was cross-eyed, freckled, and had red hair, and I determined to teach him a lesson. He won first shot, ran out, took my half-dollar, and all I got was the opportunity to chalk my cue.
"If you can play like that with your left hand," I said, "I'd like to see you play with your right."
"I can't," he said. "I'm left-handed."
Pool Haiku #1
by Ace Toscano
Cue ball spinning right,
Never makes it to the rail,
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A Nit With No Name
by Ace Toscano Bounce your cue against the floor.
It only makes me bear down more.
Laugh out loud, sneeze, snort and snore -
Let loose your entire repertoire.
You can sigh and moan and curse your luck.
My pov? You dogged the duck.
And when you see I'm on the hill,
Recommence your sharking drill.
Too bad, these moves won't help you none.
It's clear by now the battle's won.
No doubt, you nit, you're done, done, done.
© Ace Toscano 2007
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- Billiard Stories by Jay L. Carlton (.pdf format)
- Hamster Tales: Pool & Billiards - a great book by David E. Malone!
THE POOL PLAYERS.We real cool. We
SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
© 1960 by Gwendolyn Brooks.
POOL & BILLIARDS POEMS
- Pool Hall Days by Dean McClain
- The Blood-Red Cue by David Malone
- Custom Cues by David Malone
- The Grass-Green Baize by David Malone
- The Perfect Match by Carrie Williams
Mickey and the Wild Eight
by Ace Toscano Don't play with little Mickey,
That pleasant Irish lad -
He's got a charming way of talking,
But his coping skills are bad.
I bumped into him at Chalkie's
Just the other day.
He offered me the wild eight.
I shot back, "Sure, let's play."
When he fell behind three to one,
He swore the table was at fault.
So we moved from two to three
Where I continued my assault.
Determined to expose me
To all his sharking tricks,
He vacationed to the men's room
Then moved the game to table six.
If you're seeking the worst table,
Table six is it.
It's just inside the entrance
And there's no safe place to sit.
Foot traffic rumbles back and forth
Through the ever-swinging door.
And everybody stops to chat,
"Who's winning?" "What's the score?"
Down two sets and dying,
Mick's attitude got meaner.
Then he choked as I hopped up -
T'was a concession misdemeanor.
He called me on it - I owned up
And offered him the game.
But, he kept on losing,
So, of course, my sharking was to blame.
Play ended with me three sets up,
But he only paid me two.
Next time he offers the wild eight,
I'll tell the lad, "Go screw!"
© Ace Toscano 2005
- Late Nights in the Pool Hall by Rhonda Nolan Levy
- A Pool Player's Luck by David Smith
- THE CYCLADES by © Robert Sward
- ODE TO A BILLIARD TABLE by Thomas Jefferson Monkman
- POOLROOM FACES by Joseph Kalar
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