Poetry. California Interest. "There is seemingly no object, image, or idea that couldn't potentially work its way into a Kit Robinson poem. His work is oracular and quotidian, straightforward and complex, offering multiple points of view and stunningly variable textures."—Richard Roundy"Kit Robinson convects his frontal systems through MARINE LAYER, happy to be enveloped in its fog while somehow always letting its poems breathe. Information sizzles in these data dispatches from the twenty-first century: poetry as a news feed that knows just enough to trust what happens next, lifting the fog—for us all—on the movable things of song."—Miles Champion"As Kit Robinson's MARINE LAYER lifts, we can see how far the work of this major American poet has come. Between tragicomic alignments of social discourse, Robinson's new poetry discovers lyrical and philosophical glimmerings where 'traces of light adhere to the shattered vessels.' Practicing an art of deadpan profundity, Robinson recasts realism as a scene of echoes, of sudden recognitions of language's own cognitions. In so many sharp, canny, sharky, shaky moves, Kit Robinson shows that "simple situations are never that simple."—Andrew Joron
Bay Area poet, writer, and musician Kit Robinson is the author of two dozen collections of poetry, including THOUGHT BALLOON (Roof, 2019), LEAVES OF CLASS (Chax, 2017), MARINE LAYER (BlazeVOX, 2015) and The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009). His essays on poetics, art, travel and music may be found at Open Space, Jacket2, and Nowhere. He lives in Berkeley and plays Cuban tres guitar in the charanga band Calle Ocho.