Michael Robins Ladies & Gentlemen

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Ladies & Gentlemen

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With lushness and a perplexity reminiscent of Wallace Stevens, the poems of Michael Robins’ second collection blend allusion—from late-20th century rock lyrics to the Gettysburg Address—and negotiate feeling amid a 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.” Ladies & Gentlemen is an invitation to the spectacle—and spectral—of American life, where the plugs of ordinary billboards are as probable as the horrors suffered when any people are under siege. John Yau writes, “With the precision of a diamond cutter, Michael Robins taps into the harsh murmurs of the daily world.”

“As its title intimates, Ladies & Gentlemen proceeds with a seething civility and Robins’ measured couplets, a failing brace, belie the aggressions we've suffered and inflicted as a nation. His poems interrogate citizenship against the backdrop of violence at home and abroad—after a decade of war, where do we stand? Robins’ answer is not easy: "difficult to stand if standing / is stance, the wedge between citizen & me." These poems speak to us "beyond our spangles,” seeking and even finding intimacy amid the ruins of empire.” —James Shea

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MICHAEL ROBINS is the author of The Next Settlement, which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, and the chapbook Circus.

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Book Description University Press of New England, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. With lushness and a perplexity reminiscent of Wallace Stevens, the poems of Michael Robins second collection blend allusion-from late-20th century rock lyrics to the Gettysburg Address-and negotiate feeling amid a 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. Ladies Gentlemen is an invitation to the spectacle-and spectral-of American life, where the plugs of ordinary billboards are as probable as the horrors suffered when any people are under siege. John Yau writes, With the precision of a diamond cutter, Michael Robins taps into the harsh murmurs of the daily world. As its title intimates, Ladies Gentlemen proceeds with a seething civility and Robins measured couplets, a failing brace, belie the aggressions we ve suffered and inflicted as a nation. His poems interrogate citizenship against the backdrop of violence at home and abroad-after a decade of war, where do we stand? Robins answer is not easy: difficult to stand if standing / is stance, the wedge between citizen me. These poems speak to us beyond our spangles, seeking and even finding intimacy amid the ruins of empire. -James Shea. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780983368601

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