A wife and mother explores her roles via poetry.
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Zucker's writing style lives up to the quote from former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall that she reprinted to start her latest book, The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan University Press): "... synonyms do not exist."
The thought-provoking collection covers subjects of commitment, monogamy and lust with frank and exacting lines such as: "Shall we discuss married sex? Yes, let's take our clothes off and talk of pros and cons, the lag and lapse," from "Autography 3."
Zucker, a certified labor coach, approaches universal aspects of motherhood that one must either explore, ignore or simply accept. For example, from "The Rise and Fall of the Central Dogma":
"That a mother's face is not her mindset—
even the infant knows it. And yet we put her
on television, donate particle scopes.
I tell you there is a secret world."
The Los Angeles Times aptly described the power of Zucker's words: "[The Bad Wife Handbook] is confessional writing at its most elemental, not the calculated revelation of so much modern memoir but a record of the thoughts we do not share."