Alien vs. Predator, by Michael Robbins
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When was the last time you read a poetry book? And, no, listening to Nas' "Book of Rhymes" doesn't count. If the answer is, say, "Never," might we suggest giving Michael Robbins' funny, pop-culture-savvy collection Alien vs. Predator a try. Labeled by some critics as a "Google poet," Robbins infuses references to hip-hop (i.e., Eric B. & Rakim) and fanboy culture (Star Wars) into whipsmart passages about workplace life, inner city struggles, and other widely accessible topics.