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paper • 118 pages • 15.95
ISBN-13:  978-1-884800-88-7

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Second Things

Daniel Tobin



It starts with a screech, a howl,
the brute’s pure note
guarding its kill, sweet wail
as loins lock to further the line,
a fossil’s plaint diminished in stone.
Only slowly, painstaking, tenacious,
are words shaped around the sounds,
the true range to be staked out
in arias, each mastered stage,
until, in achieved splendor,
a man stands dazzlingly alone
amidst the spectacle, the music
an horizon arranged about him,
his mouth holding eternally the O
in which silence empties itself into song.

About the Author

  • “Tobin's graceful movement between what's lost and the here-and-now, between earthy popular culture and metaphysical concerns, is characteristic of Second Things, a collection of impressive power by a poet fast becoming one of his generation's finest.” —Ned Balbo, The Antioch Review
  • “Tobin’s world is made of the marvels and of the terror.” –Library Journal
  • “[His] poems attempt to do what Yeats suggested was one ideal for poetry: to hold justice and reality in a single thought.” –Tom Sleigh
  • “The darkly devotional poems of Daniel Tobin, unsparing, at times harrowing in their awareness...build meaning even of life’s most intractable facts. Praise to the end.” –Eleanor Wilner

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