San Antonio Book Festival - Tomás Q. Morín
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Tomás Q. Morín

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the memoir Let Me Count the Ways, as well as the poetry collections Machete, Patient Zero, and A Larger Country. He is co-editor 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. Let Me Count the Ways is his latest memoir and Machete is his latest poetry collection.
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  • Let Me Count the Ways: A Memoir by Tomás Q. Morín

    Let Me Count the Ways: A Memoir

    Growing up in a small town in South Texas in the eighties and nineties, poverty, machismo, and drug addiction were everywhere for Tomás Q. Morín. He was around four or five years old when he first remembers his father cooking heroin, and he recalls many times he and his mother accompanied his father while he was on the hunt for more, Morín in the back seat keeping an eye out for unmarked cop cars, just as his father taught him. It was on one of these drives that, for the first time, he blinked in a way that evolution hadn’t intended.

    "Let Me Count the Ways" is the memoir of a journey into obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mechanism to survive a childhood filled with pain, violence, and unpredictability. Morín’s compulsions were a way to hold onto his love for his family in uncertain times until OCD became a prison he struggled for decades to escape. Tender, unflinching, and even funny, this vivid portrait of South Texas life challenges our ideas about fatherhood, drug abuse, and mental illness.

  • Machete: Poems by Tomás Q. Morín

    Machete: Poems

    "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.

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