Posts Tagged ‘sunnyoutside press


Nathan Graziano’s After the Honeymoon (2009)

Over the next few weeks or months, I will post all my reviews (“Tom’s Celebrations”) that appeared in Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose (formerly Redactions: Poetry & Poetics) up to and including issue 12. After that, my reviews appeared here (The Line Break) before appearing in the journal. This review first appeared in issue 12, which was published circa November 2009.


Nathan Graziano – After the HoneymoonWho doesn’t like Nathan Graziano? Raise your hand. You! You who raised your hand go read After the Honeymoon (sunnyoutside press). He’ll swoon you like you’re in Niagara Falls.

Graziano writes in the language of today, even though he has no cell phone or a Facebook account. His tone is contemporary, too, with a seriousness of actuality mixed with ironies he “never intended” (p 35).

This is certainly true in the alcoholism poem, “Cracker and Me,” where he gets into the depths of their aging through drinking. He witnesses the shift from wild writers to suburban parents. And at the end, after the sudden realization of the alcoholism sickness merging with the old-age sickness that he writes:

   [...] the only thing we have to say is:
   pour me

   a drink?
                          (p 38-9)

You would think those closing four lines would undermine everything that was written before, right? In this case, no. This is the seriousness mixed with ironies. This is the unintended irony when he utters the phrase of a young binge drinker, as if the older person is saying, “I can still do this.” But look at spacing and pacing of the line. They are short and slow. It creates an inner desperation he needs to connect to youth, to connect to writing, even though it is really complacency (another contemporary emotion) of what he is and where he is headed.

Yes, the title of the book is appropriate, as it is well After the Honeymoon, but for the reader it is an enduring experience through, poetry, prose poems, and emotions.//




Graziano, Nathan. After the Honeymoon. Buffalo, NY: sunnyoutside press, 2009.//


Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

I love going to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair every year. It’s one my favorite annual activities. (And it may be my favorite.) I like it much better than AWP. At the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, you can actually hold a conversation of more than one minute. At the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair, there are no politics. It’s just writers, publishers, and artists having fun. Plus, it’s more manageable than AWP. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes literature, books, typography, book making, and art.

My favorite tables are always the P22 Type  Foundry, sunnyoutside press, Talking Leaves Books, White Pines Press, and the SUNY at Buffalo Poetry Collection. . . . Oh, and my table: Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. But really, I like them all . . . a lot. And this year there will be 110 different publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, etc., plus bookmakers, artists, alternative authors, regular authors, poets, zinesters, and more.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

The half-day event (noon to 6 p.m.) on Saturday, March 19th, which is being organized by Chris Fritton, will be held at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, which is a converted church with really high ceilings. The first floor is where all the artists, writers, publishers show their wares.

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

Buffalo Small Press Book Fair – A Look Inside

Upstairs is where they hold events like readings, how to create a hand-made book, and discussions and lectures on various topics. The events vary each year. Here are this year’s events:

Low-Budget Comics: Creation, Publication, and Promotion – Successful local comic artist Kyle Kaczmarczyk talks about his creative process, his work, and how he gets it all out there on a shoestring budget. A must for anyone making and distributing their own comics!

Roundtable Discussion on Editorial Models and the Future of the Small Press – Come discuss small press editing and publishing with special guests Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), Rebecca Wolff (Fence Books), and Adam Robinson (Publishing Genius). This special event will take place in the smaller room on the second floor.

Zoetropes: Analog Animation – Our friends from Squeaky Wheel will be presenting their homemade zoetrope and giving participants a chance to make their own animated strips. Learn all about this antique animation technique and how to turn your old record player into an analog animation machine.

Copyright, Fair Use, and other Legal Issues – Sure it might not sound fun at first, but this is your chance as a small-presser to ask all the questions you’ve always wanted to as well as learn about touchy subjects, like trademarks, unauthorized biographies, and defamation. Lawyer Steven Fox will guide you through and answer your questions.

You can also see the schedule here:

The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 453 Porter Avenue in Buffalo, NY.

I can’t believe Chris Fritton does this all almost single-handed. Thanks, Chris. You’re amazing.

Chris Fritton

Chris Fritton – The Man Who Does It All

For more information visit Buffalo Small Press Book Fair website: download this flier: Buffalo Small Press Book Fair 2011 PDF.

Any you know what? It really is:

A Saturday afternoon of guilty pleasure for readers and writers!

It’s the chillest book fair in America.//

The Cave (Winner of The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013.)

The Cave

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