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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.

About the Author

PHILIP SCHULTZ won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his most recent book of poems, Failure. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, the Nation, the New Republic, and the Paris Review, among other magazines. In addition, he is the founder and director of the Writers Studio in New York.

Table of 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

Mariner Books
Single Author / American
Schultz, Philip
Poetry : American - General
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