Philip Schultz: Washington Square Park, New York

from “The Wandering Wingless”

The Washington Square Park dog run
Is built on an old Indian burial ground
Right smack in the middle
Of a carnival of joggers, yapping
Babysitters, inline skaters
(skating mostly backwards!)
Pharmaceutical reps whispering smoke, smoke…

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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