17 West is a slim sheath of twenty five poems that chronicles my life, from 1955-1965 , with my paternal grandparents, Emilia (Grandma Emily), and Antonio (Grandpa), from a child’s perspective in many instances.
In Goshen New York, there was a bungalow warmed by a coal stove, a free standing garage on a three acre plot, dirt roads, cul-de-sac, tool sheds in the back, an outhouse (there was a full bath in the house), well (hand pump), hammock, and a roller-tamped bocce alley under the elm.
There was a huge garden that bore year after year.There were many fruit trees: mulberry, cherry, apple, pear, and peach. Grandma’s rock garden, in the shape of a skeleton key,was under the poplar trees.
Anthony, a life-long Brooklynite was born in 1948. He attended St. Athanasius Elementary School, Lafayette High School, SUNY Fredonia, and Brooklyn College, and has recently retired from the Department of Education after having served 30 years as a special education teacher. Anthony was mentored by and worked closely with Ken Siegelman, Brooklyn's third Poet Laureate until his passing in June of 2009. Anthony lives with his wife Ann in Windsor Terrace, and is currently working on his second collection of poems.