Alien vs. Predator

Alien vs. Predator

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by Michael Robbins
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Elizabeth Lund
Michael Robbins's writing is as edgy and brash as the sci-fi characters he gives voice to in his first collection…In poems that range from outrageous to vulgar and throb with energy, he boldly employs cliches, literary allusions and cultural references…
The New York Times Book Review - Eric McHenry
Robbins is one part Ashbery and two parts Tupac…It's in his rhymes—polysyllabic, serial, audacious—that Robbins most resembles an M.C., and most distinguishes himself from other poets…This is a pretty relentless debut, but there are worse things to be than relentlessly funny…
The New York Times - Dwight Garner
"My heart is lovely, dark and deep," Michael Robbins writes in a poem called "Plastic Robbins Band" in Alien vs. Predator, his first collection. He's lying, shamelessly. Based on these buzzing, flyspecked, fluorescent poems, I'd guess that Mr. Robbins's heart is not lovely but beating a bit arrhythmically; not dark but lighted by a dangling disco ball; not deep but as shallow and alert as a tidal buoy facing down a tsunami. Yet it's a heart crammed full, like a goose's liver, with pagan grace. This man can write.
Publishers Weekly
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.” (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101576823
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Series:
Penguin Poets
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
423,244
File size:
273 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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Alien vs. Predator 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fresh voice with a tinge of zaniness. Robbins may be a pen worth revisiting after it ages more. He has talent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alien dies and joker comes out dies then a termanator comes out and dies master chief comes out he is the last hope for the world he wins
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Face hugger
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Ya why is this guy calling it Alien vs Predator? Does it even have anything to do with the movie?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the f**k is this guy's idea calling his book ALIEN VS PREDATOR!?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These poems are too nasty for me. Of course they reflect a nasty world, but I could watch television if I wanted the nasty world or its counterpart the nice world. (I typed "the mice world", but I have no quarrel with the mice world.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most modern poetry does not impress me at all. This did so very much. Michael Robbins is funny, smart and melodic in almost every line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shoots Thor with a stone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get it. *Marches up to omega* Youre... The bad guy, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hay is fer horses
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They bow and disappwear
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riding the coat tails of a Sci Fi icon? Misleading and lame, even for poetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this xenomorphs and swarzneger?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it