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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael Robbins  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: in Topeka, Kansas

Sites:


Illinois Connection

Robbins received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michael's poems have appeared in the ''New Yorker'', ''Poetry'', ''Harper's'', ''Boston Review'', and elsewhere. He reviews books regularly for the ''London Review of Books'' and several other publications, and music for ''The Daily'' and the ''Village Voice''.


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Titles At Your Library

Alien vs. Predator (Penguin Poets)
ISBN: 0143120352

Penguin Books. 2012

WINNER OF THE BELIEVER'S READER SURVEY, BEST BOOK OF POETRY

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SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:
The New York Times *

Slate *

The New York Observer *

Commonweal *

Books & Culture *

Vol. 1 Brooklyn *

Complex *

The Millions

* The Australian

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.

"Every once in a while, a book appears as if out of nowhere, uncanny in its authority, combining the shock of the new with the shock of recognition. Michael Robbins's

Alien vs. Predator

has given me a sense of what early readers of

The Waste Land

must have felt in 1922, what it must have been like to pick up a copy of

Wise Blood

at the bookstore in 1952."--John Wilson,

Commonweal


"You don't get the instant satisfaction you might expect from a poet hungrily stalking the moment

Robbins's poems have their own distinctly contemporary appeal: They slowly develop into embarrassing pictures of ourselves. They aren't just shiny and fun, they're also sharp -- which makes them quite dangerous."--The Boston Globe

"
The first important poet whose work can be appreciated only with an Internet connection, Robbins is a lot more than the first 'Google poet.' He is also a significant new poetic voice and, quite possibly, a living poet with a chance of developing a genuine popular following."--The Weekly Standard

"If later John Ashbery and David McGimpsey have proven that capitalist popular culture is a suitable subject for poetry, Robbins goes a step further and attempts its formal mimesis. And he does it really goddamn well."--The National Post