Poetry. In his third collection, Michael Robins unleashes the couplet to bring the pastoral past into the modern day, aligning images of grazing buffalo with those of torture and war. In the intersection between reality and imagination, with violence flowing like a river beneath us at all times, these lyric poems offer associative and sonic shifts that drive the speaker's narrative insights. Like a mad chef on a tear, Robins concocts small poetic miracles using equal parts wonder and terror. His dishes are meticulously crafted are served up with gusto. We cannot help but relish in them.
Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (University of North Texas Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry; the chapbook Circus (Flying Guillotine Press, 2009); and two collections published by Saturnalia Books, LADIES & GENTLEMEN (2011) and IN MEMORY OF BRILLIANCE & VALUE (2015). Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA