Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Rachel Zucker sweeps all the corners in this maximalist project of poems and prose, navigating love, loss, and personal and political despair. Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, she trains her relentless attention on marriage, motherhood, grief, the need to speak, depression, sex, and many other topics. Part poetry, part memoir, part lyric essay—and not limited by any of these categories—SOUNDMACHINE is a book written out of the persistent feeling that the human voice is both a meaningless sound and the only way we know we exist.
Publishers Weekly starred review
Rachel Zucker is the author of THE POETICS OF WRONGNESS (Wave Books, 2023), Soundmachine (Wave Books, 2019), THE PEDESTRIANS (Wave Books, 2014), and MUSEUM OF ACCIDENTS (Wave Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Zucker is an adjunct professor at NYU and other places. In 2016 she was a Bagley Wright Lecturer and wrote and delivered a series of talks on poetry, photography, confessionalism, motherhood, and the ethics of representing real people in art. She is the founder and host of the Commonplace Podcast.