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after day she dragged the children from sight to sight and night
after night lay in bed with the husband and thought about how,
despite the many carousels and verveine
and the peaches that tasted like peaches (and would forever ruin the
tasteless peaches available in the city that was her city), this city
was more like her city than any other place on earth,” begins a
paragraph in the opening prose poem of Rachel Zucker's newest
collection, The
If anything, her work exemplifies how what is believed to be known is
best adorned by threads of doubt; the development of other possible
realities nested within our own require a closer examination in which
there is no safe distance, no particular angle at which to approach
the benign yet all important truth. Zucker’s work maintains an
autobiographical air, but does not shy away from surreal tangents and
reimagining. An incredible take on motherhood, love, sex, and the
poetic form. -Evan's June Staff Pick, 2014

— From Evan's Picks


"Zucker is a poet of bottom-scraping, blood-chilling existential anxiety, one among many, and a poet of New York City, one among many, and a poet of American Jewish inheritance, one among many, and one of the funniest, too."--Boston Review

Rachel Zucker returns to themes of motherhood, marriage, and the life of an artist in this double collection of poems. Fables, written in prose form, shows the reader different settings (mountains, ocean, Paris) of Zucker's travels and meditations on place. The Pedestrians brings us back to her native New York and the daily frustrations of a woman torn by obligations.

That Great Diaspora

I'll never leave New York & when I do
I too will be unbodied--what? you
imagine I might transmogrify? I'm from
nowhere which means here & so wade out
into the briny dream of elsewheres like
a released dybbyk but can't stand
the soulessness now everyone who ever
made sense to me has died & everyone I love
grows from my body like limbs on a rootless tree

Rachel Zucker is the author of Museum of Accidents, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of The Bad Wife, The Last Clear Narrative, Eating in the Underworld, and Annunciation.

About the Author

Rachel Zucker is the author of Museum of Accidents (Wave Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan University, 2007), The Last Clear Narrative (Wesleyan University, 2004), Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan University, 2003), and Annunciation (The Center for Book Arts, 2002), as well as the co-editor (with Arielle Greenberg) of Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (both from the University of Iowa Press). She is co-author (also with Arielle Greenberg) of Home/birth: a poemic, a nonfiction book about birth, friendship, and feminism. Her memoir, MOTHERs, will be published by Counterpath Press in 2013. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Zucker teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and was awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2012.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781933517896
ISBN-10: 1933517891
Publisher: Wave Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 160
Language: English