Passages Toward the Dark

Thomas McGrath

“This book contains some of the most marvelous poems ever written to children, the ‘Letters to Tomasito,’ as well as continuations of ‘Letter to an Imaginary Friend,’ by one of the great masters of the narrative in this century.” —Robert Bly

ISBN: 9780914742630

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Thomas McGrath was born on a North Dakota farm in 1916. He attended the University of North Dakota and Louisiana State University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. During World War II he served in the Air Force, and he was blacklisted for his political convictions during the McCarthy era. He worked as a documentary film scriptwriter and was the founder and first editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse. McGrath received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Guggenheim …

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“McGrath is major. If you don’t know his work, you owe it to yourself to dive into it at the first opportunity.” —San Francisco Review of Books

“Passages Toward the Dark is vintage McGrath indeed… [It] shows off McGrath’s finest qualities as a major American poet… Perhaps Passages will win for McGrath, as it should, a proper place among the United States’ important poets. It is certainly good enough.” —Western American Literature

“In McGrath, a commitment to rebellious vision leads us, leads us paradoxically, deeper into the human, into the humorous, into a sort of Irish joy of life.” —Robert Bly