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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“Philip Schultz is a hell of a poet, one of the very best of his generation, full of slashing language, good rhythms, surprises, and the power to leave you meditating in the cave of his poems.”
–Norman Mailer
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.