By Philip Schultz

This magnificent Pulitzer Prize–winning assortment offers voice to failure with a wry, deft contact from one in all this country’s most tasty and uncompromising poets. In Failure, Philip Schultz inspires the pleasures of family,marriage, shorelines, and canines; manhattan urban within the Nineteen Seventies; revolutions either inside and external; and the terrors of 11th of September with a compassion that demonstrates he's a grasp of the bittersweet and fierce, the wondrous and direct, and the brilliantly provocative. jam-packed with poems of "heartbreaking tenderness that [go] past mere pity" (Gerald Stern), Failure is a suite to enjoy from this significant American poet.

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Singers of Daybreak: Studies in Black American Literature, Washington: Howard University Press, 1974. A Many-Colored Coat of Dreams: The Poetry of Countee Cullen, Detroit: Broadside Press, 1974. : Cornell University (Africana Studies and Research Center Monograph Series, no. 4), 1976. , Renewal: A Volume of Black Poems, Philadelphia: Afro-American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania, 1977. , A Dark and Sudden Beauty: Two Essays in Black American Poetry by George Kent and Stephen Henderson, Philadelphia: Afro-American Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania, 1977.

Page 6 Copyright (c) 1979 By Houston A. Baker, Jr. First Edition First Printing No part of this book may be reproduced without permission from the publisher except for reviews. LC: 78-61608 ISBN: 0-916418-18-9 Printed in the United States of America Some of the poems in this volume have appeared in the following publications: ANTE, WATU, Era, Obsidian, and Indigene: An Anthology of Future Black Arts. LOTUS PRESS "Flower of a New Nile" Post Office Box 21607 Detroit, Michigan 48221 Page 7 No matter where you travel, You still be Black, You carry all your history On your own damn back.

THE KING IS DEAD. That night we wept in a farm cottage, Cold as Dante's heads just above water Startled. At daybreak we passed daffodils to surprised provincials, Knowing that spring a return in confusion - Was to come. Page 16 Pilgrimage to Cheyne Row (Home of English Men of Letters), London 1968 for Charlotte We were not adrift but drawn By the current of events, Critiques and chiaroscuro longings Surrounding odd monuments, A skeleton's hollow tinkle in the wind. Light shone on the embankment And the unthreatened bridge glowed, Dogs at their lead ignored us As we sailed by.

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