Booklist critic Donna Seaman has described his poems as “deceptive in their sturdy plainness … inlaid with patterns as elegant as the swoop of swallows, and images as startling and right as a cat's bowl of milk shimmering as its ‘moon god.’” His debut collection, Late for Work (2006), was awarded the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize by judge Philip Levine. Hall, a former US poet laureate, appointed Tucker a Witter Bynner Foundation Fellow in 2007.
A newspaper editor for more than 25 years, Tucker is an editor for the Metro section of the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper, where he was part of the team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.
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Poetry in Work
There's a lot of poetry in work—people who do it, under do it, and can't afford not to do it. David Tucker reads his poem "Downsizing," Pedro Pietri reads his poem "Telephone Booth Number 905/2," and Katha Pollitt reads Sarah Cleghorn's "The Golf Links."