Philip Schultz: Charles Street, New York

from “The Adventures of 78 Charles Street”

…and I, overcome with love for everything so quickly fading,
my head stuck out the window
of our shouldered and cemented-in-little island,
here, now, in the tenement of this moment,
dear Patricia’s light,
night after night,
burning with all the others,
on 78 Charles Street.

About the Author

Philip Schultz

Prize winner, 2008

Founder and director of the Writers Studio in New York, Philip Schultz grew up in Rochester, New York. He earned a BA from San Francisco State University and an MA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, among them Like Wings (1978), winner of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award in literature; Deep Within the Ravine (1984), awarded the Academy of American Poets Lamont Prize; The Holy Worm of Praise (2002); Living in the Past (2004); the Pulitzer Prize–winning Failure (2007); and The God of Loneliness: Selected and New Poems (2010).

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