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Daniel Tobin

Daniel Tobin is the author of three books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, and The Narrows, as well as the critical study Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney. Among his honors are the Discovery/The Nation Award, The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston.


The Jetty

Fall 2006 | Poetry

reaches, a stone sentence, across the bay— its jigsaw syntax entered like hopscotch from Lands’ End, entered the way wrens step, step on sidewalks, crushed shells, looking for seed, as if unsure of earth, until it feels natural to be outside th [...]

My Mother’s Eye

Autumn 2002 | Poetry

She kept it in its plastic case beside her carousel of pills, the single contact she wore in place of the left lens she lost to a blown cataract. "I have to put my eye in," she'd say, unscrewing the cap, then would fish with her fingertip to find t [...]