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Patient Zero - by Tomas Q. Morin (Paperback)

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“I will call the voice of this poet a ‘common’ voice… a voice a poet could take into an entire lifetime of memorable writing.” —Philip Levine, Ploughshares

This second collection from APR-Honickman winner Tomás Q. Morín explores love gone sideways in the lives of lovers, parents and children, humans and the divine. Patient Zero is filled with voices—of all the people, places, and things that surround a life sick with heartbreak. Doors are the wooden tongues of a house, grocery-store cashiers are gatekeepers to the infinite, and food is the all-powerful life force behind every living thing.

From Patient Zero

Love is a worried, old heart
disease, as Son House once put it, the very stuffblues are made of, real blues
that consist of a male and female, not monkey junk
like the “Okra blues” or “Pay Day blues,”
though I think House would agree
two hearts of any persuasion are enough for a real blues,
if one of them is sick, that sickly green of a frog
bitten in two by the neighbor’s dog, all of which
makes me wonder about the source of our disease
and whose teeth first tore the heart after Adam
and Eve left the garden?...

Tomás Q. Morín's debut poetry collection A Larger Country was the winner of the APR/Honickman Prize. He is co-editor with Mari L'Esperance of the anthology Coming Close, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. He teaches at Texas State University and in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Number of Pages: 75
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Tomas Q. Morin
Language: English
Street Date: April 4, 2017
TCIN: 51773394
UPC: 9781556594939
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-8870
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