24th out of 80 books — 174 voters
by Seth Brady Tucker (Goodreads Author)
Poetry. MORMON BOY by Seth Brady Tucker is one of the winners of the Elixir Press 11th Annual Poetry Awards. David Kirby has this to say about it: "A young man goes to a desert war, somehow returns with body and mind intact, and begins to write poems about his experiences. Will they be raw, brutal, all but impossible to read? Actually, no. Seth Tucker looks into the abyss,...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 18th 2012 by Elixir Press
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I don't pick up poetry too often. I have some ee cummings I go back to on a regular basis, but other than that it usually feels like work to me. Not this one. Very enjoyable. Tucker has a caustic, self-deprecating sense of humor that I can totally appreciate. The title poem, Mormon Boy is a hilarious dive into the mind of a six year old paperboy. Tucker served as a paratrooper in the early 1990s when I and my friends were just a bunch of college political know-it-alls, so it was interesting to r...more
First, I need to be up front. Both Seth and I come from similar backgrounds. He writes about things I know about from first hand experience, and that is one of the reasons I can give this book five stars. However, my knowing some of the same things he does and recognizing myself in his poems is only the first of many reasons to love this book. Seth's immense scope immediately comes to mind. I am amazed at how far his grasp reaches in these poems, leaving no stone unturned or presented. I also lo...more
This book is study in poetic contrasts, at once raw, gritty, slapstick, hedonistic and scatological in the vein of Bukowski and Kerouac, as well as intellectual, spiritual, humanistic, and broadly expansive in the mode of Dylan Thomas or Larry Levis. There is a Whitman-esque quality to it, a sort of 21st century barbaric yawp. I especially enjoy the narrative component, as even as these poems are full of lyrical language, they most often tell a story. But perhaps the best quality is the honesty....more
Seth Brady Tucker (S. Brady Tucker) is originally from Lander, Wyoming. He is an American poet and fiction writer who served as a paratrooper with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, was a collegiate basketball player at San Francisco State University, and currently lives, writes, and teaches near Boulder, Colorado. His fiction and poetry have won numerous awards, most recently the Bevel Summers Fi...moreMore about Seth Brady Tucker...