The Scorpion's Question Mark

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$16.95  $15.76
Autumn House Press
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5.8 X 8.8 X 0.4 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
JD Debris released the music albums Black Market Organs, J.D. Debris Murder Club, and Yanquis. He currently works as a teaching artist in the Boston Public Schools.
"What a gift of storytelling, in such deft, memorable music. And, such an eye for detail!--the kind of detail that tells volumes. Listen, for instance, to this: 'Cleaning his pistole, he must hum softly.' So much power in this work, this music, and tone. Listen, also, to this: 'What ridiculous luck, living long enough to sing / how your father was murdered by false policemen. / What ridiculous luck to make it through the chorus.' I love this poet's work."--Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic
"The Scorpion's Question Mark delivers a poetry of lyrical sway, crisscrossing several cultures and languages, with a sound all its own, and does not apologize for natural earthiness. Each reader and listener must be ready to sing and dance, to engage gut feelings and modern realism. The Scorpion's Question Mark deals in personal and public truths, a courageous voice of sheer beauty."--Yusef Komunyakaa
"All praise to Debris's astonishing debut collection, The Scorpion's Question Mark. Born of trumpet sway and the breath of strings, this book never misses a beat. Like a soulful corrido, he skillfully gives voice to a fractured past. Every turn of the page is a streetwise sonic sojourn, a barefoot samba, a bob and weave, a rhythm of return. Debris offers moments of enlightenment and uplift, 'as if I could fit every not-yet-forgotten name of my fallen / into a single comma-savaged sentence.' These poems sing!"--January Gill O'Neil