First lines from Buccino's books

Fingernails scratch the paper,  They point at a blank page.

Days You Knew Me

Well, obviously, it's March. So here on the fourth I sit to finish the note I began five weeks ago...

Just a few hundred years ago/ in the thick green undergrowth/ where the Yanticaw Creek/ meets the wide old Passaic River/ the fish surrendered by jumping/ into hollowed dugout canoes.

YOUNTAKAH COUNTRY - A Poetic View of Nutley, Old and New

In the new land it will be better.

Sometimes I Swear In Italian

Being the man of the house carries with it a tremendous amount of responsibility.

Martha Stewart Doesn't Live Here Anymore and other essays

In August 1999, I tried out for a new job on the eighth floor of Harborside, a Jersey City building fronting the Hudson River with its back to the sprawling city to the west.

Jersey City Snapshots

Back in the day, our refrigerator's freezer was the size of two ice trays and a pound of chop meat.

Greetings From Belleville - Collected writings


Saving pigeons/ that hit the power line:/ Boil water, a needle and thread.

Saving Pigeons

Unfamiliar with words and how to stack them/One upon the other in long strings that make sense,/ She asks me how to write a poem,

Writing My Way Home

You may not know/ to look at them/ but the scavenging seagulls/ circling, whirling overhead/ have a corporate structure.

Hands In Socks

Everywhere you looked in Grandma's yard you saw cats creeping around.

Chasing the Mosquito Man

How could anyone, let alone my older sister, move to a state where you can’t get Taylor ham, good veal cutlets or Brookdale soda?

Bula, Bula, Ashtabula

I never did it on a train before, I’d seen people in movies, they did it on a train or a set supposed to look like a train moving along, as for me, I made it these four decades without ever riding the NYC subway either.

This Seat Taken? Notes of a Hapless Commuter

First lines based on first-print (and latest draft) editions


Anthony Buccino






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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. The Pushcart Prize-nominated writer has been called ' “New Jersey’s ‘Garrison Keillor” or something to that effect.’

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Buccino's Work Has Appeared

The Wall St Journal
Dow Jones Newswires
NJ.Com - NJ Voices

The Nutley Sun
The Belleville Times
The Independent Press of Bloomfield
The Glen Ridge Paper
The Nutley Journal
The Belleville Post
New Jersey Monthly

Paterson Literary Review
U.S. 1 Worksheets
Rattlesnake Review
Medusa's Kitchen
Voices In Italian Americana
Edison Literary Review
Journal of New Jersey Poets
The Idiom
Fox Chase Review
South Mountain Poets Anthology
More Sweet Lemons

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''New Jersey's 'Garrison Keillor' '' **

The nine typing fingers ....

** "... or something to that effect"

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Cedar Grove, N.J.

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