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Issue 30, July 31, 2017
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Pulitzer Prize Poet Philip Schultz



Philip Schultz was born in Rochester, New York in 1945.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2008 for his collection of poetry titled, "Failure."  Schultz penned Living in the Past (2004) and The Holy Worm of Praise (2002), both published by Harcourt. His poems have graced the pages of The New Yorker, Partisan Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Slate, among other magazines.  Poet Schultz is the recipient of numerous awards which include a Fulbright Fellowship in Poetry to Israel and a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.



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Poem 1


 

The Ukrainians hate the Romanians while the Poles hate the Germans
but especially the Italians who hate the blacks who haven't even
moved into the neighborhood yet, while Grandma hates mostly
the Russians who are Cossacks who piss on everyone's tomatoes
and wag their tongues at everyone's wives. She even hates her Lithuanian
blue eyes and turnip Russian nose and fat Polish tongue; sometimes
she forgets what she hates most and ends up hating everything about herself.
This is Rochester, N.Y., in the fifties, when all the Displaced Persons
move in and suddenly even the elms look defeated. Grandma believes
they came here so we all could suffer, that soon we'll all dress
like undertakers and march around whispering to the dead.

                                                                                            

Philip Schultz

 


 

Poem No. 1 by Philip Schultz from Living in the Past.

© Harcourt, Inc. Reprinted with permission.


Living in the Past is available at Amazon.com, url:  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Past-Philip-Schultz/dp/sitb-next/0151008728