Failure

Failure

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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 remembera nobody's name, that's whythey're called nobodies.Failures are unforgettable.--from "FAILURE"
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Product details

  • Hardback | 106 pages
  • 142.24 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151015260
  • 9780151015269
  • 2,092,248

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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
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343 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 30% (102)
4 36% (125)
3 25% (85)
2 6% (21)
1 3% (10)
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