Alien vs. Predator by Michael Robbins

Alien vs. Predator

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 ...

Details Alien vs. Predator

TitleAlien vs. Predator
Release DateMar 27th, 2012
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd

Reviews Alien vs. Predator

  • Thomas Maluck
    This review is devoted to Michael Robbins,and the acclaim in which he's baskin'.Between pop culture and canon his head is bobbin'but greater context is what I'm askin'."He will make your O'Hara stand on end!He merges Ashberia with modern America!Brings back Classic Koch and whips the rest:On Atlantic, on Harper's, you're not so bazaar,Robbins melts Frost and gives his asshole a scar!"Excuse me from the land of bourgeois flaps,of Collins and Larki...
  • Bojan
    I'm only giving this collection of shit one star in order to remind myself that it exists and is being read.
  • Renae
    I am a huge poetry fan. I love edgy poetry, strange poetry, both the deep and inane.I do not enjoy BAD poetry. I can only assume Robbins himself penned the blurb about his poetry collection. "Robbins's poems are strange, wonderful, wild, and completely unlike anything else being written today."Strange, yes. Wonderful, no. These are poems that make absolutely no sense and make no statements about anything except for shock value. Borrowing phrases ...
  • Joel
    I can't hate a writer who can come up with lines like: "Your tribe's Doritos are infested with a stegosaur. / That Forever 21 used to be a Virgin Megastore."However, the signal-to-noise ratio here is alarmingly low. For every bit of inspired will-it-blend goofiness, there are glib lines like "Let's put the Christ back in Xbox" and "Slash is both sad and happy for Axl" (groan).You know what this reminds me of? Lame nerdcore rap. Give me Wu-Tang, g...
  • Riegs
    There are a lot of positive reviews for this, but I think I'll be the lone dissent. Swearing and mentioning dicks in poems isn't that new or clever, and neither are pop culture references. I think Michael Robbins was going for absurdity, but instead comes off as that jerk who was trying to prank their high school creative writing teacher.
  • Megankellie
    Impish, joyous, foul-mouthed weirdo who made me laugh so hard in a review I actually spent $18 on a book of poetry. The title made me laugh and the quote made me laugh. It's this one--"I look into my heart and creep.My heart is lovely, dark and deepI kiss your trash. My boobs are fake.I have promises to break."I think a regular book lights up a path in your brain, like all the synapses make sense "okay, your grandma synapse lit up near your cooki...
  • Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
    "Robbin's poems are strange, wonderful, wild, and unlike anything else being written today."Riiiiiiight...I have no idea who wrote this blurb, but something tells me they barely read through this book of "poems" and just overheard what somebody else thought of it. I have no idea what it means when it says "unlike anything else being written today" when you know stuff like this was not popular before the 2000's. Try to find literature written in t...
  • Ti
    The Short of It:Sharp, edgy and bold.The Rest of It:I am not a regular reader of poetry. I read poetry in college and every now and then, I’ll come across a poem that speaks to me, but once again, just to be clear… I am not a reader of poetry. I often don’t know how to read them out loud, or on paper so what I look for, is something different from what I experience on a daily basis. I want to be disturbed (yes) a little bit and forced to th...
  • Mark Zieg
    I assume you already know that this is not what the title implies: unrelated to the sci-fi/horror film franchise, this is a book of modern poetry.As to the poetry itself...well. You should probably Google some of his poetry before buying this book, unless you just like diving in at the deep end. I think I had in mind something like Blue Wizard Is about to Die!, which I quite liked, but this wasn't that. I don't know what this is, and while I thin...
  • Michael Troncale
    When you’re in a used book store and you find a slim volume in the poetry section titled Alien vs Predator, your first assumption is that someone put a screenplay for a bad movie in the wrong place. But something made me take it from the shelf. And I was wrong. It was a book of poetry. Michael Robbins, the author, looks exactly like his poetry sounds. In his writer’s photo, he is wearing a Slayer shirt, jeans and has a giant set of headphones...
  • ben adam
    For poetry, this is postmodernism's end point. This book is to poetry what Transformers is to movies or Family Guy is to television comedies: a deftly covert exploration in imperialistic appropriation and capitalist product placement complemented by crass shock-value statements made out of appropriate context pieced together into a resounding mantra of nothing is sacred therefore all forms of oppression are wantonly mentionable without any recour...
  • Zack Clemmons
    what can be said in favor: strong recovery of the rhyme, esp. the internal rhyme + some excellent brash turns of phrase ('Slash is both sad and happy for Axl/the nation's pets are high on Paxil'; 'the Christian youth group is sudsing cars./They get Raptured. They hit the bars.'; 'But enough about me/is one of my favorite sayings.'; all of the poems 'Modern Love' + 'The Dark Clicks On'). some cute allusions ('I wandered lonely as Jay-Z/after the F...
  • Mark Johnson
    If, as Ezra Pound declared, poets are the antennae of the race, then Michael Robbins' antenna is tuned to many different frequencies simultaneously. His poems are densely allusive; pop cultural references intertwine with classical, historical and poetic in-jokes, often with hilarious and always with disturbing effect. There is something of the cut-up method invented by Brion Gysin and W.S. Burroughs in these poems; unlike the Gysin/Burroughs work...
  • Craig Werner
    The language in this volume is fiercely alive, a fascinating mash-up of rock n roll, media chaos, a touch of hip-hop, the kitchen sink. Robbins does a brilliant job with humor based on enjambment and the echoes of slogans from the mid-20th century on. Rhyming and off-rhyming in short poems, he keeps it moving and keeps you off-balance.What I'm not sure of is what's at the core of his vision (or even if that's quite the right question--there's a b...
  • Cale
    If this is modern poetry, I'm proud not to 'get it.' I would think Poems would have good turns of phrases, but beyond an avalanche of pop cultural references, there's not really much substance here. Maybe it's poetry that you have to hear to feel; the rhythms didn't speak to me at all. And I just had a negative reaction from the start, so putting the time in to try to tease out meaning did not seem a worthwhile use of time or effort. To those tha...
  • C
    One of the worst books of "poetry" I have ever read.
  • Ville Verkkapuro
    I wasn't expecting this. Not at all.I was expecting a Chris Kraus type of mixture between essay, poetry and autofiction. Maybe a splash of Sung Yim. What I got was a hip hop verse on each page, with bizarre fragments of songs from bands like Nirvana. Still, I loved it. I'm not sure I understood it, but I loved it. I want to make songs of this poetry. I want to read this drunk, high, hungover. What the hell. Never read anything like this before, v...
  • Raven Black
    If I meet Robbins I hope I can say, "Dude. You're F'ed up" And I hope he smiles and says, "Thanks"Everything is nonsense, yet seems to make sense when it doesn't Words strung together in a pattern of lines on a page but are alive
  • Joe
    When I began this book, I really wanted to hate it. And I did. But halfway through, either the poems became more interesting/affecting, or I softened. Regardless, I relented, read, and enjoyed.
  • Alex Kudera
    I wouldn't say I'm highly qualified to rate contemporary poetry, but these all hold my attention and he mentions Arnold Horshack.
  • Rob Fyfe
    I picked this up at a cute little bookstore. I opened it up, read a few lines, immediately loved the premise, and decided to read the whole thing on my flight home.This book of poetry was absolute crap. It made me disappointed in the current state of poetry. Robbins has a PhD, yet all he did was collect a bunch of quips heard in our current vernacular and try to rhyme them together. There wasn't a thread of logic to the utterances. You're just aw...
  • Scott Emerson
    How to best describe this collection of verse? Imagine a reading of pretentious, intentionally obtuse, guess-what-this-is-about poetry interspersed with the random pop culture invocation of a typical FAMILY GUY episode, and you'd have a good idea. Second star given because there is nonetheless some intriguing imagery and amusing wordplay here, even if couldn't figure out what 99% of it meant.
  • TK421
    Perhaps this rating is too low. Then again, perhaps I am being too generous. While the wordsmithing and references (high and low) added value to this collection, the inaccessibility of some of these poems prevented me from fully realizing the brilliance of Michael Robbins.
  • Steven Critelli
    This is probably the most brilliant debut by a U.S. poet in the last 25 years. Michael Robbins shows us how poetry lives at the center of the cultural vortex. See my essay here:
  • Nancy
    A boom box bursting fireworks and punch smart stuff. The thrill of sound -- but at the expense of sense. Wah: hardly anything stuck or got under my skin or let me get this swift word dance.
  • Tristan
    This book was very well put together, but I just didn't love it. I'm not sure why. The poems were smart, interesting, allusive, and readable. The rhyme was (at least most of the time) natural and powerful. And yet, it just didn't move me. The poems are frank, dealing in intriguing ways with race, gender, and sexuality (though I can't tell how much of that material is #ownvoices and how much is a persona--and these poems are very immediate in a wa...
  • Adrian
    Oh wow, I really hated this collection. From reading about it, it seems to riff on the rhythms of classical poetry with references from contemporary culture. Sounds like it should be good, but I think it’s more...clever. I’m not familiar enough with classic poetry to really get this, but I was hoping it would at least resonate at face value. Not for me.