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"It is difficult to get the news from poems," wrote William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there." In Headline News, John Deming gives us the news and makes a poem of it, springboarding into a prosody informed by brevity, clarity and precision, a kind of decalinear sonnet unfolding itself into blossom. Deming's great gift here is a capacious and capricious mindfulness, improvising and responding to the deadpan lunacy of newspaper headlines in such a way as to make them seem almost mystical.
--D. A. POWELL
In Headline News, John Deming makes us feel the strangeness of what we've been hearing and seeing in 21st century America. Reading these poems, "I'm feeling weirder/and clearer tonight." Quoted headlines appear in all caps, but the rest of the writing is equally telegraphic and punchy--until we get punch drunk, wondering what's real news and what isn't. This mix-up seems telling and inevitable now.