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Diane Tucker Launches 'Bonsai Love' in Vancouver

Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 5:37pm

What goes together better than love and poetry? Join Harbour author Diane Tucker for the Vancouver launch of her fourth book, Bonsai Love—a collection of poems about the sensual delicacy of love. The event will take place on Sunday, April 27 at Cottage Bistro (4470 Main St) starting at 7pm, and will also feature a musical performance by Vancouver-based sing/songwriter and Nightwood Editions author Rodney DeCroo.

In Bonsai Love, Diane Tucker takes on that most amorphous, challenging and inescapable of literary themes: love. Her eloquent poems move us through the evolving stages of a single relationship, from beginning to bittersweet end. Carefully pruned, intricate in design and sensitive to intrusion, these poems combine to organically reveal an intricate love story.

Tucker’s poems dissect the large Louisiana heart of a bullfrog, find melancholy in a single silver earring craving its lonely velvet box, are overcome by quiet desire in the tunnels of books at the public library, and know that sore throats can be caused by more than sickness, but by our own detestable words. Bonsai Love is a discovery of love on all levels—a deep investigation of what it means to care and be cared for.

Diane Tucker writes fiction and poetry. Her first book of poems, God on His Haunches (Nightwood Editions, 1996), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. She is also the author of the poetry collection The Bright Scarves of Hours (Palimpsest Press, 2007), the novel His Sweet Favour (Thistledown Press, 2009), and the play Here Breaks the Heart: the Loves of Christina Rossetti. Tucker’s poems have been published in Canada and abroad in more than sixty journals. She lives in Burnaby, BC.

The Vancouver book launch for Bonsai Love is free to attend and all are welcome. For more information, phone Cottage Bistro at (604) 876-6138, email or visit