Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Of DETERMINATION, poet Ted Greenwald has written: "For anyone wonders what's it doing out, don't stick a head out the window, open, stick a nose into, DETERMINATION, is an end result where language's weather swings ear in and ear out in Kit Robinson's daily great expectations works' beauty elegant in its math, and after, as ever."
"For anyone wonders what's it doing out, don't stick a head out the window, open, stick a nose into, Determination, is an end result where language's weather swings ear in and ear out in Kit Robinson's daily great expectations works' beauty elegant in its math, and after, as ever." Ted Greenwald
"With the 2009 publication of his selected poems, The Messianic Trees, Kit Robinson reminded readers of the thoroughgoing consistency he has achieved during three decades of writing and publishing. From the beginning of his career Robinson has relentlessly poked at the membrane between sense and senselessness, form and chaos, not in order to puncture it but rather to send ripples throughout its structure. As he notes in The Messianic Trees, his 'desire in writing was to push logic out of shape,' to resist, as he writes in Determination, the 'business end of this No. 2 pencil.' That can be either the lead point or the eraser: revision can clarify but in doing so may erase the raw spontaneity of observation and thought. It's not about revision per se, then, but how one conceives of revision within the total process of composition. As Miles Davis (and other jazz musicians) often said, there are no wrong notes in music." Tyrone Williams, Rain Taxi
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About the Author
Kit Robinson is the author of The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009), Train I Ride (BookThug, 2009), The Crave (Atelos, 2002) and 16 other books of poetry. A co-author of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980 (Mode A, 2006-2010), Robinson lives in Berkeley, California, where he works as a freelance writer and plays Cuban tres guitar in the Latin dance band Bahia Son.