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From Nothing
Daniel Tobin




Four Way
2016 • 64 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-69-7



“Tobin brings his learning and astounding imaginative powers to bear on such central questions as the origin and end of the universe…and the intractable... [continued in Reviews below]”—Alan Shapiro,

An exploration of the life of Belgian physicist and priest Georges Lemaître, known as “the father of the Big Bang”

From Nothing, a book-length poem in 33 sections, explores the conflicted and exemplary life of Belgian physicist and priest Georges Lemaître, known as “the father of the Big Bang,” and his life’s profound implications, through what John Barth called the principle of metaphoric means: “the writer’s investiture in as many aspects of the text as possible with emblematic significance.” Though associative and even multivalent in its orchestration, From Nothing weaves its many frequencies into a resonant whole.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Tobin brings his learning and astounding imaginative powers to bear on such central questions as the origin and end of the universe…and the intractable mystery of time. This is a memorable, tragic and moving book that should be read by everyone who wonders how we got here and what our being here can mean.” —Alan Shapiro

“Tobin…creates a moving portrait of a singular, gifted and compassionate human being.”—Emily Grosholz

From the Book:

A little sand, a little soda, a little lime once used
to embalm the dead, and out of black hole and kiln
the molten bubble gathers like honey on a dipper

for the blower to stretch breath into glass, the pipe
a silent horn shaping the form with its emptiness
to be marvered and mandrelled, jacked and lathed.

In your father’s factory the vessels anneal, neat rows
of flagons, jars, mould blown, ribbed and decorated,
every glinted edge and pattern the fire will destroy

so the life foreseen becomes a retrospect foreknown:
the char-black rolling country of the Pays Noir
from which your people came…



DANIEL TOBIN is the author of seven books of poems, the critical studies Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Awake in America, as well as the editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Light in Hand: The Selected Early Poems and Lola Ridge, and Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play: Essays on the Practice and the Art. His awards include the "The Discovery/The Nation Award," The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.



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