Living in the Past

Living in the Past

by Philip Schultz

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Living in the Past by Philip Schultz

Set in Rochester, New York, in the fifties, this extraordinary book-length sequence traces the year in a boy's life leading up to his bar mitzvah and passage into manhood. There is a lively mixture of ethnic groups here-many of them displaced by the war in Europe-with new hopes and dreams. It is a uniquely American place, where "no matter how far down you started from, you began again from the beginning."

As the alternately elegiac and humorous poems conclude, the boy has become a man with a family of his own, but memories of his childhood linger. The cycles of life go on, and Schultz continues to render them with wit, grace, and above all a sense of wonder.

I know what Mrs. Einhorn said Mrs. Edels told Mr. Kook about us: God save us from having one shirt, one eye, one child. I know in order to survive. Grandma throws her shawl of exuberant birds over her bony shoulders and ladles up yet another chicken thigh out of the steaming broth of the infinite night sky. -from "Grandma climbs"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547906942
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/05/2004
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 150 KB

About the Author

Born and raised in Rochester, NewYork, PHILIP SCHULTZ is the author of several collections of poetry. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Academy of American Poets. He lives in East Hampton, New York.

PHILIP SCHULTZ won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his 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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