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Failure: Poems

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Awards

2008 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A driven immigrant father, an old poet, Isaac Babel in the author's dreams — Philip Schultz gives voice to failures in poems that are direct and wry. He evokes other lives, too — family, beaches, dogs, the pleasures of marriage, New York City in the 1970s, "when nobody got up before noon, wore a suit/or joined anything" — and a mind struggling with revolutions both interior and exterior. Failure is a superb new collection from one of America's great poets.

One called him a nobody.
No, I said, he was a failure.
You can't remember
a nobody's name, that's why
they're called nobodies.
Failures are unforgettable.
— from "Failure"

Review:

"Life goes on for Schultz, and he continues to write about it with greater conversational sweetness than any other American poet one can readily call to mind." Booklist

Synopsis:

This superb Pulitzer Prize–winning collection gives voice to failure with a wry, deft touch from one of this countrys most engaging and uncompromising poets. In Failure, Philip Schultz evokes the pleasures of family,marriage, beaches, and dogs; New York City in the 1970s; revolutions both interior and exterior; and the terrors of 9/11 with a compassion that demonstrates he is a master of the bittersweet and fierce, the wondrous and direct, and the brilliantly provocative. Filled with poems of "heartbreaking tenderness that [go] beyond mere pity" (Gerald Stern), Failure is a collection to savor from this major American poet.

Synopsis:

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR FAILURE

"Philip Schultz's language reminds me of such modern masters as Isaac Rosenberg and Hart Crane. It's one thing I've always admired in his poetry; that and a heartbreaking tenderness that goes beyond mere pity and that is so present in Failure. It's as if he bears our pain." -Gerald Stern, winner of the National Book Award

 

"Philip Schultz's poems have long since earned their own place in American poetry. His stylistic trademarks are his great emotional directness and his intelligent haranguing--of God, the reader, and himself. He is one of the least affected of American poets, and one of the fiercest." -Tony Hoagland

 

"Call it a poetry of the multiple truths of the all-too-human, the American language profoundly shaped into inclusively, powerfully felt passion. Philip Schultz's Failure is a book of poems of the highest achievement by one of American poetry's longtime masters of the art."--Lawrence Joseph

 

"Plantive and jubilant, the melody dissolves everything between itself and the firmament, underscoring Schultz's remarkable capacity for empathy with his fellow creatures. Here as elsewhere, his resolve to exult, even in the face of desolation and adversity, make Failure a....splendid book." --Floyd Collins, Gettysburg Review

About the Author

Philip Schultz is the author of five collections of poetry, including the National Book Award nominee Like Wings. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is also the founder of the Writers Studio in New York.

Table of Contents

Contents 

Its Sunday Morning in Early November    1

Talking to Ourselves    2

Specimen    3

The Summer People    5

The Magic Kingdom    7

Louse Point    9

The Idea of California    11

Kodak Park Athletic Association, 1954    14

Grief    15

The Absent    16

My Dog    17

The Garden    18

Exquisite with Agony    19

Bronze Crowd:

  After Magdalena Abakanowicz    21

Why    23

My Wife    25

Husband    27

Uncle Sigmund    28

The Amount of Us    30

What I Like and Dont Like    31

Blunt    32

Shellac    34

The Adventures of 78 Charles Street   36

Isaac Babel Visits My Dreams    39

Dance Performance    41

The Traffic    43

The Truth    45

The One Truth    46

Failure    48

The Wandering Wingless    50

Acknowledgments    105

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151015269
Author:
Schultz, Philip
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20071105
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.58 lb

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"Review" by , "Life goes on for Schultz, and he continues to write about it with greater conversational sweetness than any other American poet one can readily call to mind."
"Synopsis" by ,
This superb Pulitzer Prize–winning collection gives voice to failure with a wry, deft touch from one of this countrys most engaging and uncompromising poets. In Failure, Philip Schultz evokes the pleasures of family,marriage, beaches, and dogs; New York City in the 1970s; revolutions both interior and exterior; and the terrors of 9/11 with a compassion that demonstrates he is a master of the bittersweet and fierce, the wondrous and direct, and the brilliantly provocative. Filled with poems of "heartbreaking tenderness that [go] beyond mere pity" (Gerald Stern), Failure is a collection to savor from this major American poet.

"Synopsis" by ,

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR FAILURE

"Philip Schultz's language reminds me of such modern masters as Isaac Rosenberg and Hart Crane. It's one thing I've always admired in his poetry; that and a heartbreaking tenderness that goes beyond mere pity and that is so present in Failure. It's as if he bears our pain." -Gerald Stern, winner of the National Book Award

 

"Philip Schultz's poems have long since earned their own place in American poetry. His stylistic trademarks are his great emotional directness and his intelligent haranguing--of God, the reader, and himself. He is one of the least affected of American poets, and one of the fiercest." -Tony Hoagland

 

"Call it a poetry of the multiple truths of the all-too-human, the American language profoundly shaped into inclusively, powerfully felt passion. Philip Schultz's Failure is a book of poems of the highest achievement by one of American poetry's longtime masters of the art."--Lawrence Joseph

 

"Plantive and jubilant, the melody dissolves everything between itself and the firmament, underscoring Schultz's remarkable capacity for empathy with his fellow creatures. Here as elsewhere, his resolve to exult, even in the face of desolation and adversity, make Failure a....splendid book." --Floyd Collins, Gettysburg Review
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