Books By Diane Tucker
Diane Tucker’s Bonsai Love is an eloquent book of poems about the sensual delicacy of love. Carefully pruned, intricate in design, and sensitive to intrusion, these poems create an image of intimacy through reflection and in relation to nature, the universe, music, literature and art.
The voice that comes forth is one of self-doubt seeking reassurance: “Who wouldn’t want her whole self rehearsed/from top to bottom, in every key, before being/laid down to rest in a marigold velvet bed?” It is a voice of caring and passion that seeks details (“Your hands have all the right calluses,/rough and smooth in the proper harmony”) as well as larger philosophical answers (“You like the stars best:/once known, they stay the same.”).
Bonsai Love is a discovery of love in all levels—a deep investigation of what it means to care and be cared for. In the end, the author does not settle on simple answers: “This heart is heavy to lift but small enough/to pocket and hide.”
His Sweet Favour
Meet Favour Wyatt and her friends, Leith, Maryruth, Brady and Rick, grade twelve students at Mooney Secondary in Vancouver. Bonded by the dream of having their own theatre company, the group’s friendship is challenged by two events: Leith believes he has been given a message, “Darkness and light must join and be one, or every good promise will be broken”; and, Favour and Leith begin a serious relationship. Favour now wrestles with how to love someone and retain her sense of self, and as the friends rehearse for their final high school performance, each adopts different attitudes toward Leith’s message and toward each other, with profound consequences for all. His Sweet Favour explores the real-life drama of first love, peer pressure, failure and self-determination, and is a passionate exploration of friendship’s double-edged sword: friends can hold you captive or set you free.
God on His Haunches
Diane Tucker writes from experience and “the sustaining power of memory” in this first collection of poems. She writes of falling in love with the wrong person: “For you I ride without a seat belt, willing to be thrown clear at first impact”; her daughter at four months, whose fingertips “are globes of amber salmon roe/ cool smooth/ and salty”; and growing up as an adopted child: “mystery breathes on my bare shoulders/ whispers between my spread-eagled arms:/ you could be anyone in the whole wide world.”
Tucker treats her subjects with respect, compassion and a subtle playfulness. Her love of language, humour and poetic consciousness transforms images from everyday life into lyrical, intimate and original works of art, offering the reader fresh insights – with just a touch of magic.
Bright Scarves of Hours is a poetry collection that explores common domestic landscapes — car-pooling with children, walking the dog, vacation snapshots and recipees. These elements weave into one woman’s vibrant inner life, transforming the mundane into a tapestry shimmering with insight and lyricism.
From an elegiac yellow morning to the dark dreams of exhausted sleep, these poems assert that no hour is an ordinary hour, and that there is no such thing, really, as an ‘ordinary’ life. Wrought with the burdens and triumphs of familiar love, the language seeks to connect us while celebrating the sometimes contrary desires and hidden grace found in the everyday. Diane Tucker was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she received a B.F.A. from the University of B.C. in 1987. Her first book of poems, God on His Haunches, published in 1996, was short listed for the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies and appears regularly in journals in Canada and abroad. Diane lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.