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Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, Rachel Zucker 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 Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, Rachel Zucker 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.


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Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, Rachel Zucker 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 Through heartbreaking, often comic, genre-non-conforming pieces spanning the past 10 years, Rachel Zucker 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.

30 review for SoundMachine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Megan Alyse

    Zucker is hands down a poet I try to emulate. This book is so provocative. I feel like she’s climbed inside my brain and says the things I want to say myself. Only she says it better. In poetic prose. Playing with language and sound . Love

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbette

    Parts of this book were almost unbearable to me, and others were genius. Five stars. Zucker took me on an epic journey, somewhere.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Zucker at her best.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Delia Rainey

    wow i feel like i was just inside of someone else's (rachel's) anxiety-body for a good several days straight as i read this, which was altogether uncomfortable and a surreal feat. lots of great questions in here about poems, writing, and wanting to write A LOT abt our lives ~ being a bad person in the poem vs. being a good person in real life. a soundmachine in the room drowns out the other noises of the other rooms, a metaphor for the writing itself. "writing as a way of paying attention."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Wry, honest, observant, wonderful. Everything she writes I’ve thought it, felt it, experienced it. She’s brave enough to say it. Zucker’s best take yet on writing life, being a mother, being a wife, and trying to make sense of it all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    First read: September 18, 2019, Wednesday

  7. 5 out of 5

    Antoinette

    The first and last poems were standouts to me, and I loved their connections to the poems in between. What an excellent book that stretched my conception of what poetry can be and what poetry looks like. I loved this. I read this book for the Jewish Women's Archives book club.

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