We Have the Technology

By Michael Robbins Michael Robbins Read the Q & A
By the sparklet of certain ciliates cesium
    practices its cricket song.

Am I supposed to be impressed? My smoothie
    comes with gps.

Take a left at that crustacean. You—yes, you,
    with the crisis Isis eyes.

By Odin’s beard, this is snowier than usual. We can
    always burn the first folio.

Go bug a dandelion. You’ll have
    the elephant of surprise.

Source: Poetry (December 2010).


This poem originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2010
 Michael  Robbins


Michael Robbins is the author of Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012) and The Second Sex (Penguin, 2014). His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, Harper's, Boston Review, and elsewhere; his critical work in Harper's, London Review of Books, The New York Observer, the Chicago Tribune, Spin, and several other publications. He is currently at work on a critical book, Equipment for Living (forthcoming from Simon & . . .

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