When poet Philip Schultz was preparing for a literary conference in Ireland a year ago, he turned to the works of Irish writer Colm Tóibín. Little did he know they would be flying to Ireland on the same plane, and that he'd be face-to-face with the author in the same cab. They reunited on Friday night at Le Poisson Rouge.
Tóibín read from his novel, Brooklyn. Schultz followed with poems that spanned his 30-year career, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Failure. The reading was presented by The Writer's Studio, an independent writing school that Schultz founded in 1987.
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On Tóibín's last visit to Le Poisson Rouge: "I brought two friends from Ireland and I think they were pretty surprised by what they saw in here. I think it was one of those gay nights, when even the people who weren't naked seemed quite naked to them and indeed to me."
Schultz on choosing the title Failure: “I thought that Failure should be the title and I asked a number of friends and each and every one said it was a dreadful title, you'll just be giving your critics ammunition. It'll be the first line of your obituary, the author of..."
An excerpt from Schultz's "Like Wings": "Last night I dreamed I was the first man to love a woman/ and woke shaking/ and went outside to watch the faded rag of the sky burn into dawn/ I am tired of the river before feeling/ The joy we must carve from shadow."