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“there were those lonely nights in pittsburgh…”

This is how John Grochalski starts his poem, “Buddha of Pizza and Beer” in the Current Issue of The Idiom Magazine.

It’s a type of ‘coming of age’ poem and throughout the piece he mentions all those things that we all address at some point in our lives

  • when i was first on my own
  • losing and gaining friends
  • nights i didn’t want to be around anyone
  • hung up over some girl

In the short time of the piece he slowly comes to terms with these thoughts, gets his pizza, stops and gets some beer, and goes home “waiting on my moment” becoming some kind of contemporary buddha….

His other piece in this issue, “Our Crowd” has a similar voice as the last piece and his observation of seemingly everyday events again present a narrator who is accepting of a typical day in the life.

We here at the idiom especially liked “this group of old ladies who won’t quit laughing at their folly”, “the confused austrian yelling into his phone”, and “the chinese tourists taking photos of their mistake”.  All these characters make for a surreal scene in the poem and help to create the visual of place and surroundings for the piece.