Poet and Former Advertising Executive Ron Vazzano Publishes “Shots from a Passing Car”, His First Poetry Collection

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Ron Vazzano, a native New Yorker who has now called LA home for nearly 25 years, spent much of his adulthood climbing the advertising ladder and successfully attaining spacious-corner-office status. But Vazzano, while tirelessly dedicated to his day job, couldn’t shake the poetic urge. So he would write whenever and wherever he could: on the bumper-to-bumper 405; at clogged airports from coast to coast; and on the family-dinner table, into the wee hours, despite impending early morning mucky-muck meetings. The result, leaving the ad business and publishing "Shots From a Passing Car", a one-of-a-kind collection of poems that explore the many roles in life we all to some degree inhabit: spouse/parent, lover/friend, worker/player, seeker of God…and sometimes the devil. Vazzano delivers it all using language that speaks to, as he puts it: “…other people…not just other poets.”

Poet and former advertising executive Ron Vazzano has published “Shots from a Passing Car”, his inaugural collection of poems, which celebrate life’s defining moments, both ordinary and extraordinary.

After more than a decade of duality, a high-powered advertising executive by day and an impassioned poet by night, Vazzano quit the business world to write full time. And to compile his one-of-a-kind and poems into an inviting collection, complete with original drawings and photographs.

Vazzano’s “Shots from a Passing Car” embodies his freeze-frame takes on what catches – and demands – his attention – from his reaction to a squirrel (“Squirrels Making Bad Decisions”) to a drawing his daughter mailed from Boston (“Daughter Doodles While Away at College”), from a memorial to his grandfather (“The Shed”) to his thoughts on September 11 (“One Red Rose” and “The Third World War”), the anniversary of both his wedding day and the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Over the past 13 years, Vazzano’s poems have been published in numerous magazines, including “Icharus Falling” and “Daybreak,” and anthologies, including “Line Drives: 100 Baseball Poems” and “Standing on the Ceiling” (an anthology of parenting poems).

A native New Yorker who has lived in Los Angeles for 25 years, Vazzano is already garnering praise. Gina Barreca, editor of “Don't Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing,” says, “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 supposed to do.

Christopher Buckley, author of "No Way to Treat a First Lady" says “Shots From a Passing Car” is a delightful debut, something for me, something for you…a really lovely volume.”

Actor Elliot Gould writes, “He’s obviously gifted and had his own individual vision.”

“Shots from a Passing Car” is available through Domenica Press at the company's website.

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