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Machete : poems

ISBN: 9781524711986
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Knopf Us (UBD)
Origin: US
Release Date: August, 2024

Book Details

“Dios aprieta, pero no ahorca ” (“God squeezes, but He doesn’t strangle”)-the epigraph of Machete- sets the stage for a powerful poet who summons a variety of ways to endure life when there’s an invisible hand at your throat. Tomas Morin hails from the coastal plains of Texas, and explores a world where identity and place shift like that ever-changing shore. In these poems, culture crashes like waves and leaves behind Billie Holiday and the CIA, disco balls and Dante, the Bible and Jerry Maguire. They are long, lean, and dazzle in their telling- “Whiteface” is a list of instructions for people stopped by the police; “Duct Tape” lauds our domestic life from the point of view of the tape itself. One part Groucho Marx, one part Job, Morin considers our obsession with suffering-“the pain in which we trust”-and finds that the best answer to our predicament is sometimes anger, sometimes laughter, but always via the keen line between them that may be the sharpest weapon we have.