Synopses & Reviews
"Tomás Morín's poems are as infectious and spooky and darkly humorous as the Brothers Grimm, as shapely and colloquial and eloquent as John Donne, and as skeptical and addicted to history-as-fable as Zbigniew Herbert." Tom Sleigh, from the introduction
Selected from over one thousand manuscripts for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, Tomás Q. Morín's debut is rich with the mastery of Morín's lush storytelling. From war-torn images of Eastern Europe in the mid-1900s to modern-day glimpses of the American southwest, these poems are bold and brightly imagined.
What do you call a gifted soprano
with no balls who is too ugly
to play the heroine, is never tall enough
for the role of the hero? Wait a quarter century
and you can fast forward past the floggings,
the endless sermons, the giggles under alders
with curious girls, busted noses, carped
sisters with chubby boys, the innumerable
nights of sleeplessness. Better to skip all this
unpleasantness and descend the last rise
toward the coast where you can stroll the docks
in the short light of winter, get lost
in the cloudbank, let the sea ripen
in your hair, scan the flat water
for the handsome young men...
"An energetic and moving book of fantasies and elegies." Edward Hirsch
In this exhilarating APR/Honickman Award-winning debut, Tomás Morín interacts intimately with history and story to craft complex and fantastical portraits.
About the Author
Tomás Q. Morín was born in Texas and educated at Texas State University and Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His debut volume of poetry, A Larger Country,
won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. He lives in San Marcos, Texas, and teaches at Texas State University.
Tom Sleigh won the 2008 Kingsley Tufts Award for his book of poetry, Space Walk (Houghton Mifflin). His book of essays, Interview with a Ghost, was published by Graywolf Press in 2006. Sleigh has won the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and grants from the Lila Wallace Fund, American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy in Berlin, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 he received the inaugural John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City.