Paul Tucci, winner of the 2012 Academy of American Poets Margaret Randall Poetry Prize

The Jack Kerouac School is pleased to announce that Paul Tucci is the winner of the 2012 Academy of American Poets Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, awarded each spring to one BA student in Writing and Literature. Paul will receive a $100 prize, a one-year membership to the Academy of American Poets, a certificate from the Academy of American Poets, and publication of his winning poem in not enough night, the online literary journal of Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Dan Beachy-Quick, this year’s judge, writes this of Paul’s entry, “What’s Left of It”:

“My largest pleasure in the poem is the poet’s use of the haibun form. The condensed poems tend toward an abstraction–somewhere between personal philosophizing and phenomenological recovery–that the prose undercuts with ever more precise perceptions. The perceptive life of the poem, shard-like and fragmentary, is also imbued with memory verging on some sense of calamity, never named, but wholly felt. That drama is a deeply intriguing one to me, and one I admire.”

Please join us in congratulating Paul on this prestigious award.