Failure: Poems

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Poetry - 106 pages
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This superb Pulitzer Prize-winning collection gives voice to failure with a wry, deft touch from one of this country's 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.

  

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User Review  - Matthew Germenis - Goodreads

Undoubtedly one of the most powerful collections of verse I've ever read. This one hit home with almost every line, a wrecking ball on every page. This is the poetry I look up to and could only hope to accomplish half as much as Schultz has done with Failure. Read full review

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User Review  - Anthony Manna - Goodreads

As a parent and now grandparent, I hovered over any poem that cut deeply into fatherly relationships, the sheer wonder of them, but also the intriguing tension that either spoils or sustains them. In ... Read full review

Contents

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II
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III
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IV
5
V
7
VI
9
VII
11
VIII
14
XIX
30
XX
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XXI
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XXII
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XXIII
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XXIV
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XXV
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XXVI
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XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XXVII
45
XXVIII
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XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
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About the author (2009)

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.

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