American Boy: Pushing Sixty

By Anthony Buccino

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American Boy: Pushing Sixty by Anthony Buccino

Working class verse about life and growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and growing older in the 1980s, 1990s and the oughts. 


I

RUMOURS OF WAR

COWBOY OF OCTOBER

WATER FROM A GARDEN HOSE           

MILKWEED

CAROMS

TELEVISION ENDING

SATURDAY TV

COWBOY

BUTCH

BOYS IN THE WOODS

HOT LUNCH

BUG JUICE

AMERICAN BOY

NAMES

MONEY IN NEWSPAPERS

NEEDLE

LEGLESS

SOMETIMES I SWEAR IN ITALIAN

FACCIA BRUTE

DEAR OLD MAN

GAMES WE PLAYED

THAT FIRST KISS

BAD BOYS

KILLER JOE

OLD MAN

 

II

SILENT TALK

TRAVELS

THE CAFETERIA

ALL THE BEST FOODS

FORGOTTEN DREAMS

SILENT SOUNDS

SURPRISE

NO TIME FOR OOPS

CLASS

EVERYTHING HURTS

CURSE OF THE BUTTONS

VANISHING WORDS

SANDWICHED

TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER

YOU WANT TO KNOW OLD

YOUNGER MANíS CLOTHES

SHOELACES

CRAYONS

FIFTY-TWO

MIRROR

RUBBER TIRES

JOB ROCK

QUIET ONE

LAST LAUGH

BIRTHDAY POEM

 

III

PINKY

IN MY ROOM

CONFETTI

TOWN PUB

LAST DOG

DEAR ROY

DO OVER

 

IV

WHATíS WRONG

PUSHING SIXTY

WHATíS IT LIKE TO BE

WHAT I DONíT UNDERSTAND

MARCIA

ONE TRUE LOVE


Acknowledgements

Some poems in this collection may also appear in other collections of Buccinoís work and in the following literary journals.

BIRTHDAY POEM published in Medusaís Kitchen

EVERYTHING HURTS, ALL THE BEST FOODS and WHATíS IT LIKE TO BE published in Rattlesnake Review (Poetry With Fangs)

HOT LUNCH, AMERICAN BOY and DO NOT THINK published in Poem Factory

OLD MAN published in Raving Dove

YOUNGER MANíS CLOTHES published in The Edison Literary Review

SILENT TALK published in Journal of New Jersey Poets

TOWN PUB published in LIPS


AMERICAN BOY: Pushing Sixty by Anthony Buccino

Copyright © 2009 By Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.

Published by: Cherry Blossom Press, PO Box 110252, Nutley, NJ 07110


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Buccino's Work Has Appeared

Paterson Literary Review
U.S. 1 Worksheets
Rattlesnake Review
Medusa's Kitchen
Voices In Italian Americana
Edison Literary Review
Journal of New Jersey Poets
CHEST
The Idiom
Fox Chase Review
Up & Under
Caduceus
South Mountain Poets Anthology
MEWS WS
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More Sweet Lemons
The Poem Factory
On The Quiet Side
PowWow Review
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