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The Next Settlement (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry) [Paperback]

Michael Robins
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April 1, 2007 1574412256 978-1574412253
"Grief repairs grief," Michael Robins writes in The Next Settlement, and in these meditative poems, voices map the world with precision as a way to mend the holes they find in it. Pristine natural landscapes provide a jarring counterpoint to troubled internal terrain. These enigmatic scenes are masterfully rendered with a photographer's eye.

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"Michael Robins' prismatic poems open windows, then close them, so we're always getting glimpses of light that suggest a larger world. With never a syllable to spare, these poems are beautiful and haunting. I know of nothing like them." - James Tate, winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry "The Next Settlement is a finely honed, resonant collection of poems, sharp and vivid in language, uncompromising in judgment. The voice in this book is unsparing, often distressed, and involved in a world which is intrusive, violent, and deeply deceitful, where honesty and compassion are sought for in vain, and refuges for the mind are rare." - Anne Winters, judge and author of The Key to the City"

About the Author

MICHAEL ROBINS was raised in Portland, Oregon, and educated at the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Chicago.

Product Details

  • Series: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574412256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574412253
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,384,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011), In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015) and two chapbooks: Circus (Flying Guillotine, 2009), and Little Felons (Strange Machine, 2013). Born in Portland, Oregon, he teaches poetry and literature at Columbia College Chicago. For more information, visit

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Michael Robins has had his poetry published in the 'Boston Review', 'The Cincinnati Review', the 'Denver Quarterly', 'The Iowa Review', and several other lesser known journals. The first published anthology of his work, "The Next Settlement", won Robins the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry for 2006. This is a compilation of meditative poems in which word images are conjured with fine honed sensitivity and brutal surprise. Original, lyrical, and highly recommended reading, these free verse creations showcase a unique and memorable voice in American literature. 'The Cows Go Mulling Home': I fed in your pasture, the others/were soured company to the sky.//I assumed the error of moths,/your pastoral broad as the moon//while the cats fray a low grass,/birds taking up the form of wings.//Having one long key for the gate,/I might resist the heated fence//where expectation sets on the lip,/catches within the nest of the throat.//I considered proof of my flight,/that you'd be quite pleased to see.
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