Daniel Tobin is the author of five previous books of poems, Where the World is Made, Double Life, The Narrows, Second Things, and Belated Heavens (winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry, 2011), along with the critical studies Passage to the Center and Awake in America. His awards include the "The Discovery/The Nation Award," The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, and creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. (Author photo by Star Black)
"These are very beautiful poems, and The Net is a very beautiful book—surpassingly so. Some poems are movingly personal, yet are always also about the experience we share as human beings; how we recognize ourselves in how we look at things, in what we read and have read, and in the evidence of our dismaying human lives."
"Daniel Tobin's poems are resolute, humble, lyric, unflinching, and incredibly—painfully—good.... The poems have vision enough to dilate even the rarest of details and his range of perception extends beyond the periphery; he sees around corners. These poems are visually acute, near brutal in their beauty (hear me—I've read "The Turnpike" a dozen times now; it haunts me like a goddamn ghost and I don't see that changing anytime soon). The whole book's a master class in craft."
—Jill Alexander Essbaum
Four Way Books