The Narrows

Daniel Tobin (Author)


Coming of age in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge, these poems explore what it is to be an Irish American Catholic; a dutiful son of hard drinking, sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic parents; a son of Brooklyn; and, too, deeply rooted to the country of his ancestors, Ireland. Dark, funny, and sometimes troubling, these poems, always accessible, track a life well lived and felt.

Product Details

Four Way Books
Publish Date
October 21, 2005
6.12 X 0.33 X 9.2 inches | 0.59 pounds
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About the Author

DANIEL TOBIN is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Where the World is Made (1999) and Double Life (2004); a book of criticism, Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney (1999); and numerous essays on poetry. Among his awards are the Discovery/The Nation Award, The Robert Penn Warren Award, The Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, The Greensboro Review Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is Chair of the Department of Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston.


"Written for the most part in a sinewy, richly textured blank verse, The Narrows is part family history and part bildungsroman bearing enough psychic weight to break the back of most poets, though Daniel Tobin succeeds in crafting a poem possessed of both narrative power and astonishing lyric depth and grace. All stories of arrival and survival in America are the American story, but rarely are they told as compellingly as this one."