Ladies & Gentlemen
poetry by Michael Robins
2011 • 80 pp. 5.5" x 7.5"
Poetry $14.00 Paper, 978-0-9833686-0-1
The poems of Michael Robins’ second collection blend allusion—from late-20th century rock lyrics to the Gettysburg Address—and negotiate feeling amid the troubled history of the United States. These persistent, cunning voices claim prey and hunter alike: whether a tortured prisoner or the nation’s first colonists who might coexist among the indigenous populations if their “arms could hold steady,” but instead take aim by spreading disease to “the kind people of the new country.” As John Yau writes, “with the precision of a diamond cutter, Michael Robins taps into the harsh murmurs of the daily world.”
Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook Circus(Flying Guillotine, 2009).