early on everybody knew
the elevens were going to be a problem.
be it their hooligan mentality,

drinking everybody under the card table,
excessive gambling, and general disregard.
they had to go.  but that doesn’t mean

they didn’t put up one hell of a fight.
the tens!  the tens hung tough.
to this day, nobody talks shit about a ten.


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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