If you start throwing the word "poet" around in the realm of singer/songwriters, you'd better be able to back it up. Tim Robinson can. His literate but earthy songs traffic in neither high-flown linguistics nor mawkish romanticism. Creating music in a direct, trenchant, and strikingly original way, Susan Vega says, "He is one of my favorite songwriters. You have to read his songs as well as listen to them to get just how striking his ideas are."