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His use of language is playful and inventive, but it's also pretty nonsensical.
I am fully aware that I am one of the only critics of contemporary poetry who feel this way about Michael Robbins, but: I. Hate.
As Flannery O'Connor said, "A writer can do anything he can get away with, but no writer has ever gotten away with much."
X.J. Kennedy wrote the best review of self-indulgent pap like this:
The goose that laid the golden egg
Died looking up its... Read more
I suspect that if you were to surreptitiously scramble the sentences from these poems and gave them back to the author to read publicly, he'd be none the wiser. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Justin Bronder
Fantastic. Can't wait for his next book.
Cleverly written with his references of pop culture and shocking metaphors. A new face for poetry has arrived.
First, he's stolen the title of a major motion picture to advertise his slim volume of poems.
A pedantic assemblage of obvious observations linked together does not a... Read more
An American wear-wolf in drag,
sporting a tie: a Winnebago full of dreams,
cascading down the highway,
toward an unknown station. Read more
I liked the title poem when it came out in The New Yorker a few years ago. This collection, unfortunately, is nothing but variations on that theme. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Boojum
Buy this book. Better yet, buy two copies of Michael Robbins' "Alien vs. Predator",
one to keep nice, and one to write your decodings, comments, notes and poems of your... Read more
I shared this book with my poetry group. It is quite popular with all of us. I love Michael's sense of humor.Published 9 months ago by Marilyn Fielder