If later John Ashbery and David McGimpsey have proven that capitalist popular culture is a suitable subject for poetry, Robbins goes a step further and attempts its formal mimesis. And he does it really goddamn well…. What makes Alien vs. Predator such a brilliant and important book is that he makes us realize the voice of the contemporary muse is the same as the scopophrenic inner voice of the good consumer, screaming “buy buy buy” at everything we see. In Robbins’ poetry, the software of the free market, where everything is for sale, is run on the horrifically decadent hardware of Western thinking, where everything is in its right place.