About the Book
FRUITSALAD is in fact a salad of sorts: a variety of pieces that offers something delectable for every taste—from sonnets to other forms of poetry, to a collection of 100-word pieces that manage to evoke, provoke, and emote with just a few moments’ reading; to a few short prose pieces on subjects ranging from childhood memories, to family, to the loves and hurts of life, and a sense of wonder at the natural world.
This is a book to be kept handy and a few mouthfuls enjoyed now and then. Open it to any page. . . read one or a few. Go back to your favorites. FRUITSALAD is meant to be a treat.
As noted author and professor Richard Walter observes: “This extraordinary collection resonates with language that is infectious and at the same time provocative. . . I read the volume straight through, but it is well suited for grazing. Ellen Azorin serves up delicacies that will bring you back to the table for seconds and thirds.”
“Ellen Azorin’s poems are a wonder and a delight, filled with remarkable insights, musical cadences, and adroit language. Her work is reminiscent of the best of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Marilyn Hacker.”
—Lee Slonimsky, author of nine books of poetry, including the acclaimed Pythagoras in Love
“In this delicious collection of poems and prose pieces, Ellen Azorin observes the natural world and the often surprising experiences of everyday life with the same heightened color and wonder evident in her marvelous watercolor illustrations.”
—Mindy Lewis, award-winning author, essaying, memoirist, editor, and teacher
“Ellen Azorin is entranced by nature, travel, music, love, and words. Words taste like ripe fruit to her, and she helps us taste their freshness and sweetness. Her book FruitSalad will tantalize you and show you a new path to walk, a new stream to follow, especially the section Song of Bahia, which will dazzle you. Yes, Azorin will surprise you, the way nightfall does and the rising sun.”
—Charles Adès Fishman, multi-award-winning poet, editor, and scholar
“FRUITSALAD engages the reader from the get-go. Often joyful, sometimes mournful, it is always human. This extraordinary collection resonates with language that is infectious and at the same time provocative, if not occasionally also sweetly disturbing. I read the volume straight through, but it is well suited also for grazing. Ellen Azorin serves up delicacies that will bring you back to the table for seconds and thirds.”