Daniel Tobin

(Brooklyn, New York / United States)

Daniel Tobin
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Daniel Tobin was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish American parents. In his work as a poet, scholar, and editor, he frequently explores Irish ancestry and Irish American heritage. Praised for their formal control and narrative adeptness, Tobin’s poetry collections include Where the World Is Made (1999), Double Life (2004), The Narrows (2005), Second Things (2008), and Belated Heavens (2010), which won a Massachusetts Book Award in poetry. He is also the author of a collection of essays on Irish American poets and poetry, Awake in America (2011). Tobin’s other critical work includes Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (1999).
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Corpse Flower, Luna Moth

The deep wine
of it risen tall above
the buried
its ornamental
spathe furrowed thought-
fully, to human
O un-branched
inflouresence, amorpho-
phalos, misshapen
with its allure
of rotting flesh
for the scarabs
to follow,
hollow, to the sun-lit
trove, as though all
dark were light
by our parsing
eye, and love itself
hidden inside
the word.
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