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"Rachel Zucker may be Generation X's likeliest heir to the confessional legacy of Sylvia Plath, Louise Glück, and Sharon Olds."—The Believer

Rending the terrorizing forces of modern existence from abstraction and placing them directly in our laps, Museum of Accidents is a brutally honest epic of domestic proportions.

Rachel Zucker is the author of three collections of poetry and co-editor of Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, she currently lives in New York City with her husband and three sons, where she is a certified labor doula.

Review:

"This forth collection of poems by Zucker (The Bad Wife Handbook) furthers her project to portray the dark underside of marriage and parenthood in 16 mostly long poems that are as formally wild as they are self-conscious and emotionally searing. Zucker's subject is not an unhappy marriage, but an average one, which, she wants to make clear, is full of as much pain, fear, lust and hopelessness as the fabled unions of some of her confessional forebears. There is happiness, too, but that's not the province of this book, in which romance can be reduced to a formula ('Thursday: we have sex (husband and I) lights on'), and a poem recounts how an audience member at a poetry reading says, after hearing the author read about her young son, 'Someday, he'll grow up and read that and you'll pay.' In another, a fellow poet advises 'the next time you feel yourself going dark/ in a poem, just don't, and see what happens,' yielding one of the oddest 'happy' poems around. Zucker's willingness to put her own pain on display may frighten or even disgust some readers, but most will be grateful to find themselves less alone in their own everyday suffering. This is a book for all who seek what Zucker calls 'the antidote for despair,' however elusive it may be." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A brutally honest epic of domestic proportions.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Poetry Foundation as one of the Best Books of 2009. A brutally honest epic of domestic proportions. MUSEUM OF ACCIDENTS rends the terrorizing forces of modern existence from abstraction and places them directly in our laps. The anxieties and elations of motherhood and marriage unfold throughout poems of uncompromising courage, compassion and fever. Rachel Zucker may be Generation X's likeliest heir to the confessional legacy of Sylvia Plath, Louise Gluck, and Sharon Olds--The Believer.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Poetry Foundation as one of the Best Books of 2009. A brutally honest epic of domestic proportions. MUSEUM OF ACCIDENTS rends the terrorizing forces of modern existence from abstraction and places them directly in our laps. The anxieties and elations of motherhood and marriage unfold throughout poems of uncompromising courage, compassion and fever. "Rachel Zucker may be Generation X's likeliest heir to the confessional legacy of Sylvia Plath, Louise Gluck, and Sharon Olds"--The Believer.

About the Author

Rachel Zucker is the author of three collections of poetry and co-editor of Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Zucker has taught at several institutions, including NYU and Yale. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and three sons, and is a certified labor doula.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933517421
Author:
Zucker, Rachel
Publisher:
Wave Books
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
82
Dimensions:
8.6 x 8.6 x 0.4 in 8 oz

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Product details 82 pages Wave Books - English 9781933517421 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This forth collection of poems by Zucker (The Bad Wife Handbook) furthers her project to portray the dark underside of marriage and parenthood in 16 mostly long poems that are as formally wild as they are self-conscious and emotionally searing. Zucker's subject is not an unhappy marriage, but an average one, which, she wants to make clear, is full of as much pain, fear, lust and hopelessness as the fabled unions of some of her confessional forebears. There is happiness, too, but that's not the province of this book, in which romance can be reduced to a formula ('Thursday: we have sex (husband and I) lights on'), and a poem recounts how an audience member at a poetry reading says, after hearing the author read about her young son, 'Someday, he'll grow up and read that and you'll pay.' In another, a fellow poet advises 'the next time you feel yourself going dark/ in a poem, just don't, and see what happens,' yielding one of the oddest 'happy' poems around. Zucker's willingness to put her own pain on display may frighten or even disgust some readers, but most will be grateful to find themselves less alone in their own everyday suffering. This is a book for all who seek what Zucker calls 'the antidote for despair,' however elusive it may be." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A brutally honest epic of domestic proportions.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Poetry Foundation as one of the Best Books of 2009. A brutally honest epic of domestic proportions. MUSEUM OF ACCIDENTS rends the terrorizing forces of modern existence from abstraction and places them directly in our laps. The anxieties and elations of motherhood and marriage unfold throughout poems of uncompromising courage, compassion and fever. Rachel Zucker may be Generation X's likeliest heir to the confessional legacy of Sylvia Plath, Louise Gluck, and Sharon Olds--The Believer.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by Publishers Weekly and the Poetry Foundation as one of the Best Books of 2009. A brutally honest epic of domestic proportions. MUSEUM OF ACCIDENTS rends the terrorizing forces of modern existence from abstraction and places them directly in our laps. The anxieties and elations of motherhood and marriage unfold throughout poems of uncompromising courage, compassion and fever. "Rachel Zucker may be Generation X's likeliest heir to the confessional legacy of Sylvia Plath, Louise Gluck, and Sharon Olds"--The Believer.
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