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A broken doll, repaired and restored to life by a lonely man in mourning; a castrato struggling with age-old trials of adolescence and adulthood; an old man, bent and dutiful, who carries the weight of the men who were sent to war. These are just a few of the diverse and captivating figures in Tomás Q. Morín's debut poetry collection A Larger Country. With his tantalizing and vivid style, Morín's poems move with a voice that is at once elegant, unabashedly masculine, and achingly compassionate. His book was selected from over 1,000 manuscripts as the winner of the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry. Poet Tom Sleigh, who both chose the book and wrote its introduction, has declared Morín's poems to be "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." Morín is a Texas native who received his MFA at Texas State University and MA from Johns Hopkins University. His poems have appeared in New England Review, Narrative, Boulevard, Slate, Threepenny Review, Best New Poets, and other publications. He currently lives in San Marcos, teaching literature and writing at Texas State University.