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Alien vs. Predator (Poets, Penguin)

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Publisher Comments:

The debut collection of a poet whose savage, hilarious work has already received extraordinary notice.

Since his poems first began to appear in the pages of The New Yorker and Poetry, there has been a lot of excited talk about the fresh and inventive work of Michael Robbins. Equal parts hip- hop, John Berryman, and capitalism seeking death and not finding it, Robbins's poems are strange, wonderful, wild, and completely unlike anything else being written today. As allusive as the Cantos, as aggressive as a circular saw, this debut collection will offend none but the virtuous, and is certain to receive an enormous amount of attention.

Review:

"The poems in this debut are formally exact: etched into scrupulous quatrains and quintets, prosodically meticulous, exasperatingly well-rhymed ('Rorschach blots,' for example, is coupled with 'Arnold Horshack thoughts'). Yet what makes this collection distinct is a convulsive, almost frenzied use of cultural reference, with vamps on Adorno, Rilke, Berryman, and Wittgenstein, among others. More often, the poems cite pop songs, film dialogue ('Dude, this aggression will not stand' from The Big Lebowski), and American folk culture ('My name is Michael, I'm an alcoholic./Hi, Michael. Row your boat ashore'). Yet this is more than simple allusion. Robbins's ear is tuned to the caffeinated jabber of digital culture, with its endlessly clickable, synaptic links; the flotsam of poems, megastore names, and childhood rhymes get battered about, and the original language re-emerges transformed. Santa urging his reindeer becomes a call to heavy metal bands: 'On Sabbath, on Slayer, on Maiden and Venom!' Robert Frost is unceremoniously pantsed: 'I give my skinny prick / a shake, to ask if there is some mistake.' In a clever moment perhaps serving as Robbins's ars poetica, Auden gets inverted: 'Nothing makes poetry happen.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Michael Robbins was born in Topeka, Kansas. His poems and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Harpers, The London Review of Books, The Village Voice, and several other journals. He received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143120353
Author:
Robbins, Michael
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Poets, Penguin
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The poems in this debut are formally exact: etched into scrupulous quatrains and quintets, prosodically meticulous, exasperatingly well-rhymed ('Rorschach blots,' for example, is coupled with 'Arnold Horshack thoughts'). Yet what makes this collection distinct is a convulsive, almost frenzied use of cultural reference, with vamps on Adorno, Rilke, Berryman, and Wittgenstein, among others. More often, the poems cite pop songs, film dialogue ('Dude, this aggression will not stand' from The Big Lebowski), and American folk culture ('My name is Michael, I'm an alcoholic./Hi, Michael. Row your boat ashore'). Yet this is more than simple allusion. Robbins's ear is tuned to the caffeinated jabber of digital culture, with its endlessly clickable, synaptic links; the flotsam of poems, megastore names, and childhood rhymes get battered about, and the original language re-emerges transformed. Santa urging his reindeer becomes a call to heavy metal bands: 'On Sabbath, on Slayer, on Maiden and Venom!' Robert Frost is unceremoniously pantsed: 'I give my skinny prick / a shake, to ask if there is some mistake.' In a clever moment perhaps serving as Robbins's ars poetica, Auden gets inverted: 'Nothing makes poetry happen.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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