Alien vs. Predator: Michael Robbins, Sasha Frere-Jones, Kristin Hersh, Sara Marcus & Choire Sicha
Housing Works’ Bookstore Café (126 Crosby St., Manhattan)
Axl Rose, Mr. Peanut, Rilke, Buju Banton, CSI: Miami, “from Céline to Celan, from ‘Turn the Beat Around’ to And the Band Played On” — readers of the New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere already know the dizzyingly allusive slang editorials of Michael Robbins, a poet as likely to reference Jay-Z as he is John Berryman. Join Choire Sicha (co-founder of The Awl), Sara Marcus (Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution), Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses; Rat Girl: A Memoir), musician and New Yorker pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, and Robbins himself to celebrate the release of Alien vs. Predator, the poet’s debut collection. Hosted by Zach Baron.
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.