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.
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.
RUMOURS OF WAR
COWBOY OF OCTOBER
WATER FROM A GARDEN HOSE
BOYS IN THE WOODS
MONEY IN NEWSPAPERS
SOMETIMES I SWEAR IN ITALIAN
DEAR OLD MAN
GAMES WE PLAYED
THAT FIRST KISS
ALL THE BEST FOODS
NO TIME FOR OOPS
CURSE OF THE BUTTONS
TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER
YOU WANT TO KNOW OLD
YOUNGER MANíS CLOTHES
IN MY ROOM
WHATíS IT LIKE TO BE
WHAT I DONíT UNDERSTAND
ONE TRUE LOVE
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 © 2012 By Anthony Buccino
Published by: Cherry Blossom Press, PO Box 110252, Nutley, NJ 07110
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