Sometimes I Swear In Italian
By Anthony Buccino
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.
The collection of verse captures the assimilation of Italian American born and raised in New Jersey and inspired by a trip to Italy where he realizes on his first visit, it also is his home.
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.
PIGEON MAN SECRETS
MONEY IN NEWSPAPERS
SOMETIMES I SWEAR IN ITALIAN
BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
I’M NOT GEPETTO
FOR EVERY BILL
Egg & Eggplant
MOST AT HOME
ON MY SHOES
A BIG LONG FLIGHT
HOT COCOA IN AUGUST
THESE STREETS ARE ALL WET
PIGEONS IN VENICE FOUNTAINS
HOW CAN YOU EAT THAT?
FATHER MET ME IN THE OLD COUNTRY
WAITING FOR THE BBC
DAVID AS STATUE
HOW DO YOU SAY
EGG AND EGGPLANT
RAIN IN PISA
MAIORI AT FERRAGOSTO
IN THE SQUARE
ONE EURO FROM A TWO EURO
American Boy published at Poem Factory
Butchie, Money In Newspapers, Pigeon Man Secrets, Old Man, Pigeons In Venice Fountains, Father Met Me in the Old Country, One Euro From A Two Euro published in Sixteen Inches On Center
David As Statue published in Medusa’s Kitchen
Da Vinci Paints My House published in The Quick & Dirty Poets literary journal Up & Under.
Egg And Eggplant published in Sweet Lemons 2
I’m Not Gepetto published in One Morning In Jersey City
Old Man published in Raving Dove Online Literary Magazine
Pigeons in Venice Fountains published in Florida English, Special Italian American Issue
Solo Juliet published in Voices In Italian-Americana
Spaghetti Trees published online at PowWow Papers, Sweet Lemons 2
Those People published in Yountakah Country
Sometimes I Swear In Italian
Copyright © 2011 By Anthony Buccino, all rights reserved.
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In the new land it will be better.
After this long sea journey
Some day, I shall bring them to this new land.
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. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’
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