“This is high entertainment by a poet who possesses honesty and playfulness in equal measure and who is an expert at deploying the line and boxing the stanza.” —Billy Collins
“Pound said that literature is news that stays news and the distinguished poet, David Citino, has taken this observation from the wittiest reinvention of current events all the way to the Great Tabloid of the inexpressible. The News and Other Poems is funny, remarkable, and profound.” —Carol Muske-Dukes
“These vivid topical poems try wryly to come to terms with human depravity, with ‘the grim, thorny symmetry/ of war,’ ‘the usual apocalypse’ of people drowned or killed in meaningless accidents. But this is not a dark book. Citino’s wit and passionate love of life sparkle throughout. Speaking through Sister Mary Appassionata, he declares, ‘there is a place where it all makes sense.’” —Maxine Kumin
“The strength of this book resides in its vivid mixture of the sacred and the profane. The real ‘news’ of these poems is that here is a person alert to all our profane and post-modern predicaments, and yet who still finds within himself the stirrings and yearnings toward whatever we can dimly perceive of the sacred.” —Fred Marchant, author of Tipping Point and Full Moon Boat
In The News and Other Poems, David Citino confronts and attempts to make sense of the news. He explores the good and bad ways the world has of careening into a life and sending it off course. Citino tries to understand how we come to know what we know, driven as we are by haughty assumptions about the world we’re making and the control we think we exert over our own lives and loves.
While still holding romantic notions of ivory towers and ivy-covered garrets, Citino welcomes the latest informationno matter how bad the news. He struggles to understand stories from sources impeachable and unimpeachablesupermarket tabloids and journals of science, folklore and the laboratory, chronicles of ancient history and news wires, even those sometimes terrible things we learn from our doctors or those we love.
“This is a surprising book, given as it is to its tonally bright, aghast/funny treatment of ‘the news,’ wittily daring to close that oft-quoted schism between news and poetry in its short-sentenced, flabbergasted, tight-stanza’d mode of attack-beyond the spirit of play at work, it also has the capacity to be heartbreaking.” — Poetry International
“At times keenly empathetic (‘Ode to Billy Dove’), and often irreverent (‘Funding the Dead’), Citino’s intense observations and wit yield irresistable poems.” — _ForeWord _ Magazine
“Citino presents a fun and insightful take on whatever curious moments inspire him from the world at large. He does this marveloulsy, walking a tight line between fact and fancy. The News and Other Poems stands out among the recent poetry books as something new and interesting, and as proof that poetry can come from anywhere.” — The Adirondack Review