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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This book is a mixed bag of poems that won the Pulitzer recently. The strongest poems are in the middle. The first several poems are formulaic, where a detail mentioned in the first few lines returns ... Read full review

Failure: poems

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The careful, compassionate sixth outing from Schultz (Living in the Past) reverses the plot many poetry books imply. Rather than show an emotional problem (in the first poems) followed by its gradual ... Read full review

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
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

Grief
15
The Absent
16
My Dog
17
The Garden
18
Exquisite with Agony
19
After Magdalena Abakanowicz
21
Why
23
My Wife
25
Husband
27
Uncle Sigmund
28
The Truth
45
The One Truth
46
Failure
48
The Wandering Wingless
50
TWO
63
THREE
76
FOUR
92
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
105
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About the author (2009)

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.

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