writes about truth as seen through a tiny lens
Honey, Iím Home by
Nathan Graziano, sunnyoutside, 2005, 56 pages
The cover of Honey, Iím
Home, the latest collection by Manchester poet Nathan Graziano, features
an Everyman sort of guy, carrying a briefcase and about to hang up his
hat as he comes through the door at the end of the workday.
The cover and title of
the collection smacks heavily of the movie Pleasantville, wherein the
dad character (played by William H. Macy) lives an idyllic life of work
and family until his wife and children began to get ideas. After that,
life is not-so good ó dinner is late, the kids start having sex and the
wife leaves to make time with the guy at the soda shop.
Intentional or not, the
movie reference is funny, because the life described in Grazianoís poems
is far from the ideal. But it is life.
Graziano, as a poet, is
a champion of the simple things. He doesnít bother with the big
questions ó life, truth, god, etc. ó because he understands those things
donít really matter. Itís all theory until you put it into practice
through life. So he writes about moments through which glimpses of the
bigger picture shine through. Is there more to learn in a philosophy
class or in looking with love into the eyes of your child? In Grazianoís
view, the eyes have it.
Couple this vision with
wit and a fair hand at poetry, and you end up with a solidly good poetry
collection. Honey, Iím Home is an enjoyable read and most of the poems
within will make you think and feel and smile, or quirk your lips
wistfully and knowingly.
Nathan Graziano lives
in Manchester with his wife and two children. He has published several
chapbooks, broadsides and CDs of spoken word, as well as a full-length
book of fiction titled Frostbite (Green Bean Press, 2002). (He has also
written a few book reviews for Hippo.) Graziano teaches writing at
Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, N.H.
Honey, Iím Home can be
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