By Anthony Buccino
Buccino takes some history, some folk lore
and some current news and mixes them together
in this humorous and thoughtful collection
about the little town of Nutley, N.J.,
on the Yountakah River.
Buccino's own take on the township mixes history, tales and observations in a rich mix of what may or may not be the true history of Annie Oakley, the ITT tower, Lenni Lenape or Valium, not to mention the Velodrome and the headless rider or the parlous waters that rage through town on rainy days.
Knowing some of Nutley's history, readers will appreciate the twists and turns and maybe even learn something about the quiet little "Norman Rockwell town" in northern New Jersey.
For instance, did you know that the quiet little river that runs through Nutley was called Yountakah by Lenni Lenape, and so was their annual autumn feast - a predecessor to the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving? The name was also used by a large country club and golf course that bordered the Passaic River in town.
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Anthony Buccino, a 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 now called Nutley in northeastern Essex County.
On these pages, Buccino brings into his mix of verse, history and humor, Lenni Lenape, Annie Oakley, Mark Twain, Richard Stockton, the Colonial Garden, the Velodrome and valium, overnight parking, the UN Gardens, the ITT tower, the Thin Man, Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, Guthrie's general store, President Grant, Nutley Little Theater, pizza wars and more.
YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New
On these pages, Anthony Buccino brings together the Lenni Lenape, Annie Oakley and pizza wars.
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Buccino's Verse Has Appeared
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 journals.
New Jersey author Anthony Buccino published more than fifteen books including five essay collections, three military history books and seven full-length poetry collections. He has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’
His stories of the 1960s earned a 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award. His transit blog on NJ.com earned a 2010 SPJ Excellence in Journalism award. Two of his blogs earned 2014 SPJ Excellence in Journalism awards. His poem At The Vet has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
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