Collected Verse in Nine Volumes
By Anthony Buccino
1977: “Anthony, you're a romantic poet.”
2008: “Anthony, you write working class poetry.”
All right, eight and a half volumes. These collections of working class poetry arose from the author's second most prolific verse creating era. Enjoy.
Retrieving Labrador Days
Stories and verse about each of his three Labrador retrievers and some of the other dogs and people whose lives they touched. Shaggy dogs, mutts, mongrels, three Labrador retrievers and a pet rabbit inspire the stories and poems in this collection. Pets of one kind or another have shared the past six decades of the author's life, and here are some stories that will make you laugh out loud and others that remind you of the escapades and exasperations you've been through with your pets. Essays and Verse
American Boy: Pushing Sixty
About life and growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s,1960s, and 1970s, and growing older in the 1980s, 1990s and the oughts.
From the center of the Baby Boom, this working class verse begins under a wooden class room desk as an air raid siren sounds, and captures the summer spell and its simplicity in drinking water from a garden hose.
Canned - Booted, bumped, down-sized, fired, forced out, hated, hired, jobless, laid off, let go, out of work, out-sourced, pink-slipped, terminated, sacked, unemployed
The hard-hitting truth about being out of work, the strains that tag along and the sinking boat you feel you're riding in. This collection deals with a difficult subject in a very real way. It's strength is its realness and that is also its greatest weakness. It's not for the faint of heart. A must-have for anyone who deals in human resources, personnel, recruitment, job placement, or has been fired, laid-off and is out of work.
Sixteen Inches On Center
Father viewed through a grown son's eyes. Seeing a father through a grown son's eyes. The son of a World War II veteran looks at the 20-plus years they had together, the missteps the missed opportunities, and the things that remain.
Sometimes I Swear In Italian
Anthony Buccino's collection about growing up Italian American in New Jersey and discovering the roots of his ancestors. Read about the old neighborhood where the bianca lina man sold bleach to make the white linens; and the young boy growing up in the house his grandfather built, and living upstairs from his scary grandma who spoke no English. This American boy discovers the land his ancestors left to make a better life for his generation. The pigeons that follow him throughout Italy provide the connection to his father - who raised homers - who didn't speak English until he started school - the rich heritage of the old country, and the enormous sacrifice of his grandparents. Despite its title, Sometimes I Swear In Italian contains no profanity in any language.
One Morning in Jersey City
Verse written along the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J. You can hear a lot by looking around. Sometimes, standing along the Hudson River shoreline, you can dream of the freedom in the sailing beauty slipping through the waves, or question the signals proffered by a hungry seagull, or ponder why the pigeons follow you. Or you could sit ever so still and listen to the clatter of heels on the tile as the cigarette mafia heads outside for fresh air.
Voices on the Bus
Verse about commuting in Northern New Jersey. Feel the rhythm of the rails as you travel the last days of the Newark City Subway, or the PATH, and be relieved you are not present to hear the Preacher Man or Mr. Tourette's but do listen for the noise above the hum of the wheels and turn your ear to the voices on the bus, train or standing nearby on the platform.
Yountakah Country - A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New
Local writer takes some history, some folk lore and some current news and mixes them together in this humorous and thoughtful collection of verse about the little town in north eastern Essex County. On these pages, Anthony Buccino brings together the Lenni Lenape, Annie Oakley, and pizza wars.
Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards
Anthony Buccino's poem Jersey Geese earned an Honorable Mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. His poem will be published in the Paterson Literary Review, Issue #41.
Buccino's poem Something Tells Me You Went To Catholic School earned an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. His poem appears in the Paterson Literary Review, Issue #40.
Ten Minutes was named Honorable Mention in the 2009 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. It will be published in the Allen Ginsberg Awards listing in The Paterson Literary Review #39.
Hands In Socks has been selected as an Editor's Choice in the 2008 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. It is published in the Allen Ginsberg Awards listing in The Paterson Literary Review #38. Snoopy Hat also appears in that issue.
Buccino created New Jersey Poets And Poetry
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New Jersey author Anthony Buccino's stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards.
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Buccino's Verse Has Appeared In:
Paterson Literary Review
U.S. 1 Worksheets
Voices In Italian Americana
Edison Literary Review
Journal of New Jersey Poets
Fox Chase Review
Up & Under
South Mountain Poets Anthology
More Sweet Lemons
The Poem Factory
On The Quiet Side
and other places, too!
Sometimes I Swear In Italian (2011)
Yountakah Country, a Poetic View of Nutley Old and New (2010)
CANNED booted, bumped, down-sized, fired, forced out, hated, hired, jobless, laid off, let go, out of work, out-sourced, pink-slipped, terminated, sacked, unemployed (2010)
Sixteen Inches on Center (2010)
Retrieving Labrador Days, dog tales in prose and verse (2010)
American Boy, Pushing Sixty (2009)
Voices on the Bus, Train, Subway, Bus and in My Head (2008)
One Morning in Jersey City (2008)
Days You Knew Me (1976)