Poetry. ALL VOWS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS is the most thorough selection from a most vibrant contemporary American voice, David B. Axelrod. The result of his forty-plus years as a professional poet, the book is divided almost equally between new work and poems going back to his first book published in 1968. However, the contents are arranged thematically rather than chronologically, including poems dealing with family, nature, sports; poems about prejudice and politics; covering a host of topics ranging from the sacred to the profane. Current Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate, Axelrod writes in direct but clever language—more witty than metaphoric. A poem entitled "Sun Worship," that recounts the warnings of his dermatologist, ends with the lament, "No one can tell me Vitamin D stands for death." Celebrated American poet, editor and anthologist, X. J. Kennedy, commenting on a previous Axelrod collection, said, "For all the artfulness of his poems, there is something unliterary about them—that is, they don't smell of the scholar's lamp. They seem at times to have turned up in the Lost & Found department of a hotel in Long Island City." That easy artfulness is reflected in the comments of Florida's State Poet Laureate, Peter Meinke: "Many of us have been reading David B. Axelrod's approachable, wise, and witty poems for decades, so it's a real treat to have so many of them collected in one book. ALL VOWS deserves a wide and appreciative readership." William Stafford, whose own poems were renowned for their simple artfulness, described Axelrod's work as, "Poems to cherish and pass around...a prize to keep."
Dr. Axelrod is the author of several books, including ALL VOWS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS (Nirala Publications, 2016) and DECIDUOUS POEMS (Ahadada Books, Toronto and Tokyo, 2008). He is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards, including his being the first official Fulbright Poet-in-Residence in the People's Republic of China. The New York Times described him as "A Treat!" He has shared the stage with such notables as Louis Simpson, Galway Kinnell, William Stafford, Robert Bly and Allen Ginsberg, performing at the United Nations and around the world. He has been translated into fourteen languages.Author City: DAYTONA BEACH, FL USA