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by David Gitin

Passing Through spans thirty years and is Gitin's eighth book of poetry. It is his first book in sixteen years, representing his largest collection since 1979. Passing Through includes six poems never published in book form in addition to revisions of earlier work.
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ISBN: 0976492830
ISBN13: 978-0976492832
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: True Crime
Author: David Gitin
Publisher: Linehan Press; First Edition edition (February 4, 2005)
Pages: 50 pages
ePUB size: 1265 kb
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Rating: 4.1
Votes: 852
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I have been a fan of David Gitin's poetry and the man himself, since I first read his poems and had a stimulating conversation with him fifteen years ago. His quiet wisdom, his impeccable sense of space, his rhythm and appealing imagery have resulted in many joyous, enlightening moments while reading his books. I feel that "Passing Through" will become my favorite David Gitin collection, with intriguing new material and reworkings of some of his earlier poetry. This is not a book you can or want to put down. Once you've finished reading, it will stay with you like a wise old friend.
David Gitin once told me that "poetry is rhythm and blues, person to person". PASSING THROUGH conveys "the pass of energy" from author to reader just as Gitin described. His extraordinary ear for music is reflected in the rhythms of not only each poem but that of PASSING THROUGH as a whole. The music, the work's lyric value, is one of the elements that convey the humanity of these poems. The attention to song as fundamental in PASSING THROUGH is one thing that sets this book apart from most modern poetry. Gitin's poetry resides comfortably along side ancient Greek lyrics, Zen haiku, the experimental music of John Cage and Clapton's guitar.

Ron Silliman notes in his blog, "Gitin as always is at once the most precise writer imaginable & a very restless imagination, a great combination. These poems push-pull on the reader in ways that are as unpredictable as writing as they are as real-world experiences."

And Lyn Hejinian,"I was pulled in and read through it. The experience was delightful. Every phrase is compelling."

I also agree with Michael McClure,"Gitin is a master of subtle rhythms that ear and eye blend on the field of the senses."

Once in a great while a book of poetry comes along that makes a difference in our perceptions of what poetry is and can be. PASSING THROUGH is one of those books.

Frank Parker

March 2, 2005

Tucson, AZ