About David Gitin

David Gitin lived in San Francisco in the late sixties, co-founded Poets Theater there, edited Bricoleur, and produced poetry programs for KPFA in Berkeley. His books include THIS ONCE and FIRE DANCE (Blue Wind Press), among others. Currently he lives in Monterey, California

David Gitin’s Ten Favorite Books

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Awakening Osiris by Normandi Ellis

Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters

Flash of the Spirit by Robert Farris Thompson

The New American Poetry, 1945-1960, Donald Allen (ed.)

The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation by W.Y.Evans-Wentz

Dark Pools of Light by Richard Grossinger

Centering by M.C. ...{read more}

David Gitin: 5 From San Francisco in the Sixties

San FranciscoOutstretched Arms

pumice the bone smoothberry juice illusion of bloodto cover loss

belly of the moonwe penetratewhat Venus

do we carve?herbs and drugs do not restoreterritories of resurrection

Earth poised in somatelevision chroniclesmissile finger fascination

sea-scorpionsand horseshoe crabswill survive us

To Pharoah


thirstto unplug the bottle

inhale its vaporswoodengears behind eyes

turn slowlylike the crocodileto feel dreams


rockskirted sirensweave dark shadows

hands rise and fallcourage to continue

all those I amthat I wasaskto be delivered

firstbornall that we kill to know

far up red mountainsheep are bluethe air burnsthe throat of a horse

The Ocean


of dead fish at my shoes


settles in the calm of a Coltrane ballad

you don’t knowwhat love is

an ache away from the desperateall or nothing at all No Depression

after the funeralof Chocolate GeorgeThe Hells Angelsgave a party

with music by The Deadand Big Brotherbeer and dopecourtesy of the Angels

Light Show

lightmakersdyes in flasks, wheels and cut cardboardproject Alpine Buddhahood King Kong delightplastic amoebae brown birds Irish dancing statues mosaic

discs juggled in alchemical poolsdervish arms flutelung cries drumshoneycomb lasso moths carpets laddersinkpot larvae breasthills on the bridge

sorcerers keep the caveflicker phantom eternityred meadow clam lip scarveschurchyard vanilla green thighs

high frequency jabs of soundcross the screen of personal identityfrogtree saxophone blurred core of etherbonesvacuum tapestries

(The poems on this page were originally published online in Empty Mirror’s sister site, the now-defunct online literary journal, Voleur-de-Feu.) ...{read more}