Kit Robinson’s QUARANTINA is a poetic diary that extends his practice of the discontinuous present into the history of our current global crises. In poems dated between early 2019 and late 2021, each with its own unique formal structure, one gets the sense of everything happening at once, as indeed it does. The simultaneities of daily life are explored through a range of emotional registers: dread, outrage, panic, humor, compassion, and delight. The poems are personal, political, philosophical, and musical, with a keen attention to rhythm and sound in language. “The poem arrives / Sooner or later / If at all / All the splendor / All the ardor / Spills out onto the table / The periodic table / The elements of our lives / Add up to / Minus a sudden breath.”
Poetry. California Interest.
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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.