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The Bad Wife Handbook
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Rachel Zucker's third book of poems is a darkly comic collection that looks unsparingly at the difficulties and compromises of married life. Formally innovative and blazingly direct, The Bad Wife Handbook cross-examines marriage, motherhood, monogamy, and writing itself. Rachel Zucker's upending of grammatical and syntactic expectations lends these poems an urgent richness and aesthetic complexity that mirrors the puzzles of real life. Candid, subversive, and genuinely moving, The Bad Wife Handbook is an important portrait of contemporary marriage and the writing life, of emotional connection and disconnection, of togetherness and aloneness.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. pp. 1-2
  1. Monogamist
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. The Museum of Accidents
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Codary
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. The Secret Room
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Firmament
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Monogamist
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Galaxies Rushing Away
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. Axon, Dendrite, Rain
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Rhyme, Lascivious Matchmaker
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. Hermeneutic
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. The Tell
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. Where I Went Instead of Paris
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Wife, Wife, Duck
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. It Took 24 Hours to Make the Moon
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. Alluvial
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Monogamist
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. My Beautiful Wickedness
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. Floating Wick in Petrol
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Bridle
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Thought, Antithoughts
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. Sex
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. What Is Not Science is Art is Nature
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Freud Had Sex but Jung Had God
  2. pp. 26-28
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  1. pp. 29-30
  1. Squirrel in a Palm Tree
  2. pp. 31-48
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  1. pp. 49-50
  1. Annunciation
  2. pp. 51-68
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  1. pp. 69-70
  1. The Rise and Fall of the Central Dogma
  2. pp. 71-86
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  1. pp. 87-88
  1. Autographies
  2. pp. 89-112
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  1. Acknowledgments, Dedications, and Notes
  2. pp. 113-115
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  1. About the author
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