184th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 184th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2013 Dive Into Poetry Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Please visit the stops on the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Michael Robbins’ Alien vs. Predator:

To the Break of Dawn

I wandered lonely as Jay-Z
after the Fat Boys called it quits,
before the rapper from Mobb Deep
met up with the Alchemist.

I wandered lonely all along
The Watchtower's office front
in Dumbo, then across the bridge
that tempts the bedlamite to song.

From here you could've seen what planes
can do with luck and delta-v
as that fire-fangled morning
jingle-jangled helter-skelterly.

From your gravity fails to whoops
there goes gravity, from Celine
to Celan, from "Turn the Beat Around"
to And the Band Played On,

from the Live Free or Die
of plates from New Hampshire
to Musidora vamping
her way through Les Vampires,

from It Takes a Nation
of Millions to Hold Us Back
to Daydream Nation,
from Station to Station,

I take this cadence from the spinning plates
where the DJ plots the needle's fall.
I take it, and I give it back again
to the dollar dollar bill and the yes yes y'all.

What do you think?


  1. Wouldn’t want to distract anyone! Hey, could you please correct the title? It’s “Alien vs. Predator.” Just like that. Thanks, & thanks for the kind words.

  2. I’m not a fan of this one. I think all the title-dropping etc. is distracting.
    Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)´s last blog post ..Review: The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock

  3. (corrected web link)

  4. Ruby Urlocker says

    I like how you created an easy going but sort of lonely mood. You get a clear image of the character in this.

  5. Hi. Great book. The “vs.” should not be capitalized, though, in the title (the author wrote to ask me to correct the same mistake on my tumblr).