"Manchester poet Nathan Graziano returns with a sometimes funny but often sobering look at the life of a teacher. ... It's a powerful book, as fine a collection of working-class poetry as anything Carl Sandburg's 'Big Shoulders' could have concocted had Sandburg been a teacher."
"Graziano effectively balances cool observation with dry humor, understated empathy and, yes, affection, for students and colleagues. Despite his self-deprecation, it's clear he works as hard at teaching as he does writing. He's serious about both. Teaching Metaphors takes a serious look at high school culture and teaches readers something about that world and, perhaps, themselves."
"Sunnyoutside, a creative and prolific small press based in Somerville, Mass., has released a new book by poet Nate Graziano. Graziano is a mainstay of their list and for good reason. His work has the flashes of insight, irony, and humor as well as accessibility that makes for an engaging read. ... Highly Recommended."
The Somerville News
Named a July-Aug Pick by Small Press Review.
An article about the book appeared in the June 24 edition of The Nashua Telegraph.
Nathan Graziano lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, with his wife and two children. He is the author of Frostbite, a collection of short stories, and nine other collections of poetry and fiction. For more information, visit www.nathangraziano.com.
"If Keats is right about that whole truth and beauty thing, this is the most beautiful book about high school you'll ever read. Nathan Graziano's poems capture the experience of high school, especially the uneasy coexistence of the pain of being young and the pain of growing old, with clarity, grace, and heart. Teaching Metaphors is a powerful collection that should be read by anyone who has ever worked in or attended an American High School."
Brendan Halpin, author of Losing My Faculties and Dear Catastrophe Waitress
"Teaching Metaphors is the consistently right-on execution of an ingenious conceptI can’t think of another book that so thoroughly inventories the contemporary high school’s cast of charactersby a writer long and widely admired for his clarity, conciseness, wit, and humanity. It is a classic of working class literature (and anyone still laboring under the illusion that dedicated teaching is not hard work needs most of all the refresher course in American education that these word-portraits offer)."
Gerald Locklin, Professor Emeritus of English, California State University, Long Beach
"Teaching Metaphors is a collection of poems about life in a public high school, which are often funny and sometimes disturbing. Each section of the book introduces a set of characters who come together at the end in unforseen ways. Anyone who has spent time in a public high school as teacher or student will be drawn in by characters who seem familiar, and moved by the book's unexpected power. Through this book, Nate Graziano affirms for all of us the vital and noble nature of this work of teaching."
Meg Petersen, Director of the Plymouth Writing Project, Professor of English at Plymouth State University
"Devoid of pretense and sharp in its observations, Nathan Graziano's Teaching Metaphors is a book for anyone who's taught or been taught. There are trenchant ghosts here, and the fading beauty of 'Yesterday's Princess,' and the rest of the cast, are all compelling."
Rusty Barnes, editor of Night Train