“With my first collection of poems— Shots
From A Passing Car, I felt it would be tough to find a publisher
to ‘make’ my kind of book. So I did what my grandmother
would do. I made it from scratch… and with loving care.
I got the book, I not only wanted, but needed. And in so doing…
a company was born.”
Ron Vazzano, Founder and Editor of Domenica Press
"Ron Vazzano’s collection not only introduces
a new, strong voice to poetry but also gives us the
wit, charm, surprise and intelligence of the impassioned,
fiercely vulnerable contemporary Italian-American man.
This is a terrific book-- it will make you laugh, think
deeply and reconsider the universe. In other words,
it does exactly what poetry is to do."
-- Gina Barreca, Editor of
DON’T TELL MAMA! THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ITALIAN AMERICAN
In this his inaugural collection of poetry, Ron Vazzano—
one-time ad man, actor, aspiring artist — explores
the many roles in life that we all to some degree inhabit:
spouse/parent, lover/friend, worker/player, seeker of
God…and sometimes the devil. That he does so in
a language understood by “…other people…
not just other poets” — and in an esthetically
pleasing environment — serves to make this body
of work, a unique read. And always one, with an eye
on the lookout for the defining moment: a squirrel crossing
the road… carving a pumpkin… the bombing
of the World Trade Center.
"...any turn in the wheel of sensation has
the power to crystallize and
transfix the moment upon which its gloom or radiance rests..."