Tobin's New Book of Poetry Lauded
Tim Pratt '11
November 22, 2010
Daniel Tobin, Emerson School of the Arts Interim Chair, has published his fifth poetry collection, Belated Heavens. Distributed by Four Way Books, Belated Heavens was released November 4. It features poetry on topics spanning from prehistory to modern Manhattan, and delves into themes of violence, destruction, endurance, and what it means to survive.
According to Amazon.com, the collection features assorted content that can hook every reader: “Running the gamut from form to free verse Tobin’s poems offer the reader an underlying hope, a tentative belief, that, yes, we are surviving—somehow, thank heavens.”
The book has been featured as one of the Poetry Daily blog’s featured works and has been named as one of the “21 Coolest Book Covers” in the Huffington Post’s annual list. Early reviews for Belated Heavens have been favorable.
A review in the October 21 edition of the Image Journal Newsletter states, “If it is true that any observation changes that which is being perceived, ‘remakes’ it, then all artists literally change the world, and perhaps Tobin more than most, for his observations are of an uncommon depth and precision.”
Tobin is in the process of publishing a book of essays titled Awake in America. His work has been widely anthologized and among his awards are The Robert Penn Award, The Robert Frost Fellowship, and creative writing fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.