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The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy

Christopher Citro


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Praise For The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy

"Christopher Citro may be the love child of poet Russell Edson and The Twilight Zone... From the ashes of domesticity and order a new American surrealism blooms, in which the charming, the unsettling, and the strange colonize the quote unquote normal."

--Amy Gerstler


"Every art needs constant renewal--fresh eyes, a fresh voice, an original mind at work. Christopher Citro's skilled and wisely silly book goes a long way toward renewing poetry. This is a much-welcomed and necessary kick in the pants, chock0full of quirks and delights."

--Maurice Manning


"'What? What Is It You're Trying To Tell Me?' this book asks over and over, and Citro answers with wind-up chattering teeth as a perfect metaphor for our endless difficulties in bridging the gap between feeling and saying. Christopher Citro is a poetry pirate, plundering language and image to get at the human heart, in these luminous, inventive poems."

--Erika Meitner


"Christopher Citro's The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy is simultaneously hilarious and terrifying, full of an antic wisdom and wit that insists on resilience over annihilation and despair.... read and experience these wild, shrewd, philosophical poems and let your world be transformed."

--Catherine Bowman

Reviews and Features

Verse Daily Featured "A Theme Song That Never Gets Old"

Read "A Theme Song That Never Gets Old" on Verse Daily.

The Rappahannock Review Featured "A Raising"

Read "A Raising" here.

About the Author

Christopher Citro holds a BA from Ohio University and an MFA from Indiana University where he received the Darrell Burton Fellowship in Creative Writing and hosted The Poets Weave on WFIU. His publications include poetry in Best New Poets 2014, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Salt Hill, The Pinch and Verse Daily, and creative nonfiction in Boulevard and Colorado Review. Christopher has taught creative writing at Indiana University and in the Martha's Vinyard Institute of Creative Writing, and he is the Assistant Poetry Editor for decomP. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his partner, Sarah, and their black cat 92. The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy is his first book.

Find out more about Christopher Citro at http://christophercitro.com/

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