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Image of Author Tomas Morin alongside "Machete" book cover.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 7:00pm
Virtual Event
Machete: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593319642
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - October 12th, 2021


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In conversation with C. Dale Young and Joy Diaz


This fresh voice in American poetry wields lyric pleasure and well-honed insight against a cruel century that would kill us with a thousand cuts.
“Morín’s writing uses the mundane details of everyday life…as a jumping-off point for creating fascinating and philosophical worlds.” —LitHub

“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. Tomás Morín 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, Morín 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.


TOMÁS Q. MORÍN is the author of the memoir Let Me Count the Ways, forthcoming from University of Nebraska Press, as well as the poetry collections Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He is coeditor, with Mari L'Esperance, of the anthology Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. He teaches at Rice University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Morín lives with his family in Texas.


C. Dale Young is the author of The Affliction (a novel) and five collections of poetry, the most recent being Prometeo (2021). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, he practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. He lives in San Francisco.
Joy Diaz is a public radio reporter, currently with the Texas Standard. She has amassed a lengthy and highly recognized body of work since she arrived in Texas in 2005. Prior to joining Texas Standard, Joy was a reporter with Austin’s NPR station KUT. There, she covered city news and politics, education, healthcare and immigration. Originally from Mexico, Joy moved to the U.S. in 1998. In Virginia, Joy worked for Roanoke’s NPR station WVTF. Joy speaks English and Spanish (which is a plus in a state like Texas). She graduated from Universidad de Cuautitlán Izcalli in Mexico City with a degree in Journalism. Joy loves reading, painting and spending time engaging with the community. She is also the mother of 2 brilliant young Texans.

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