Late for Work

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David Tucker has been writing Late for Work throughout his twenty-eight-year career at top city newspapers. In his poems he follows reporters hustling for stories and captures the beauty of everyday life, lived between breaking headlines.

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David Tucker has been writing Late for Work throughout his twenty-eight-year career at top city newspapers. In his poems he follows reporters hustling for stories and captures the beauty of everyday life, lived between breaking headlines.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A fine and gentle invocation of humanity against too much urgency....Wonderful work!"—Tom Ashbrook, National Public Radio

"Here is cleverness and delight in language that do what only the best poems do."—Mark Bowden, journalist & author of Black Hawk Down

"[Tucker] keeps his eye focused, with tempered joy and genuine happiness, on how work also enlarges life....Terrific."—Andrew Hudgins

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618658688
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 66
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID TUCKER is the winner of the 2005 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for poetry, judged by Philip Levine. Assistant managing editor of the New Jersey Star-Ledger metro section, he's also been a reporter and editor at the Toronto Star and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Tucker studied poetry with Donald Hall and Robert Hayden and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

March morning 3
Columbus discovers Linden, Tennessee 4
Kingdoms of laziness 5
The day off 6
The woman in the faraway house 7
Putting everything off 8
The crow life 9
City editor looking for news 10
"Oh" 11
The dancer 12
Castro! 13
Pat Paterson 14
And this just in 15
Voice mail 16
Talking to cats while making breakfast 17
Always here 21
The brief life of the box 22
That day 23
Detective story 24
Quilts 25
Snowbound 26
Soon they : a song for good times 27
The way it works up there 28
Downsizing 29
Blackbirds leaving 30
A fine June morning 31
Apollo over Texas 32
Daisy the cat 33
Enough of it 34
Morning edition 35
The beating 39
The men decide 40
Perspective 41
The great-grandfather 42
Indian summer 43
July late at night 44
The minute that just passed 45
Messengers 46
The Starlite Bar 47
My mother's voices 48
A book review 49
Listening to the clothes dryer 50
A day in October 51
Newsroom still life 52
Today's news 53
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    I Recommend

    Used this book for a couple of essays in class. really wasn't to impressed but better than most.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    I love these poems -- bought the book -- reread often -- country, urban, subtle, joyous, aching, perfect. If I could own but one book...

    My favorite poet, found one poem in a magazine and have gone on to read and reread all. His influences include his painful childhood with a mentally ill mother, in poverty, in Tennessee...and his current work as a newspaper city editor in Newark. In this clamor, he writes poems celebrating quiet, love, humor...and reflects the pain he's known and written about as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Unsentimental and compassionate

    I heard this fellow on Terry Gross' Fresh Air and I was really moved by his interview and particularly his poetry. He writes in the tradition of Donald Hall or Mark Doty - accessible and straightforward and beautifully crafted. Give yourself a treat and buy the book then read one or two a day when you just can't bring yourself to face other responsibilities just yet.

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