Author(s): Michael Robbins
The Penguin Modern Poets are succinct guides to the richness and diversity of contemporary poetry. Every volume brings together representative selections from the work of three poets now writing, allowing the curious reader and the seasoned lover of poetry to encounter the most exciting voices of our moment.". . . by the bollocks I mind, by the virgin I'm like,by the smell of teen spirit, the punch that I spike,"by hydro and chronic and eight-legged sparks,by G-strings and tassels, by bummers and narcs,"by the temples I razed with a swish of my tail,by the models of Jupiter I built to full scale,"I am a man of few words, each one a thrown switch.Shall I name the mouth-breathers at whom I pitch"with superstitious loathing these excretions oozing bile?Then pull up a chair. This could take a while."- MICHAEL ROBBINS, 'Space Mountain'"I was born as a woman, I talk you to death, or else your ear off,or else you to sleep. What do I have, all the timein the world, and a voice that swings brass backand forth, you can hear it, and a focal point wheremy face should be. What do I have, I have absolutepower, and what I want is your money, your drool,and your mind, and the sense of myself as a snake,and a garter in the grass . . . Why do I do it is easy, I am workingmy way through school. Give me the money for Modernism, and give me the moneyfor what comes next."- PATRICIA LOCKWOOD, 'The Hypno-Domme Speaks, and Speaks and Speaks'". . . we just hugged, sat on a high up benchsomewhere not that secret reallyoff the Lewes road, afternoon of goldand magpies on a cusp. But no wholly"depth-charge branch is too white, paddedshot a mushroom cap a cheapened rinkice age glass of frozen, uplit tonguesunleaven how I never meant for you to drink"a glass of day-old wholly sincerespit who under maketh spring sewtongues into my pocket tongueof day-old really salt-sincere snow"bell ringlhude singand not just sitting on a benchhow much we want to fuck in circling spring . . ."- TIMOTHY THORNTON, 'Broadcast'
Two small, sorbet-coloured paperbacks were the most exciting thing in poetry this year. Reviving the 1960s Penguin Modern Poets series with panache, they united new and established voices from Britain and North America in electric pocketfuls -- Jeremy Noel-Tod * Sunday Times (Poetry Book of the Year) *
Michael Robbins was born in Kansas during the Nixon Administration. Some time later, he received his PhD in English from the University of Chicago. His debut poetry collection, Alien vs. Predator, was published in the US by Penguin in 2012; it was followed by The Second Sex in 2014. His poetry and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Harper's, and many other publications. He lives in America with the best cat in the world. Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. Her debut collection, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black, was released in 2012 by Octopus Books; her second collection, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2017 alongside her memoir, Priestdaddy. Her poems have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Tin House and Poetry. Timothy Thornton is a writer, composer, pianist, and teacher, based in Brighton. His poetry and prose has appeared in numerous journals in print and online; his work for theatre and the stage has been performed at venues such as the Battersea Arts Centre and The Yard Theatre. His books of poetry include Jocund Day (Mountain Press, 2011), Working Together for a Safer London (Barque Press, 2015), Water and Burning Effects On/Off (Shit Valley, 2015) and Broken Slat From Starling (The Winter Olympics, 2015).