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Poetry is the attempt to bring something new into the language, and thereby into thought and feeling.

The word “articulation” carries in its origins the sense of branches and joints. If a poem succeeds—if reading it grants access to its lyric moment—it is the green bud on the outreaching tip of experience. To articulate experience in language is to investigate the relations among parts and the precise ways in which they fit together. This is why writing is not merely an act of recording, but a process of discovery. And because each new poem is a complex word, enacting new accuracies, poems are written against the resistance of language-as-given. It’s like forcing electricity through the poor conduction of a tungsten filament, a process that throws off heat and light. The technical side of poetry involves attending to every expressive aspect of language. Technique, as Ezra Pound said, is the sign of an artist’s sincerity. But technique is means, not end; the end is connection.

Robert Schultz’s poetry has been published in periodicals such as The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Northwest Review, Subtropics, New York Quarterly, and Iron (England), and has been anthologized in Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets Series), Acquainted With the Night: Poems of Insomnia, Retellings: A Thematic Anthology of Literature, and the word and image anthology, Open to Interpretation: Fading Light. He has received the Emily Clark Balch Poetry Prize from The Virginia Quarterly Review, which recognizes the best poem published in that journal in a given year. His two books are Vein Along the Fault and Winter in Eden.  A recently-completed third collection, The Scent of Mint, has grown out of Schultz’s collaboration with visual artist, Binh Danh.

Vein Along the Fault cover

Vein Along the Fault

Vein Along the Fault is the first collection of poetry from Robert Schultz.  A fine art, limited-edition chapbook produced in Ithaca, New York by The Laueroc Press, its colophon reads: “Boyd Hill, Tim Larkin & Ashley Miller designed & printed this book using 14 pt. Spectrum, 30 pt. Castellar, damped Ragston paper, and an F. Wesel…
  • The Laueroc Press
  • 1979

Winter in Eden

Robert Schultz’s first full-length collection of poems, Winter in Eden, was the inaugural selection for the Loess Hills Poetry Series. The book’s title poem asserts “We are free / Among the trees of knowledge, gleaning / Shrivelled apples and berries, sweet / As they melt in our hot mouths.”  The collection is, indeed, Eden-haunted; the…
  • Loess Hills Books
  • 1997
Contributors to Villanelles at the Bowery Poetry Club

Villanelles: an Everyman Library Pocket Poets anthology

After the sonnet, the villanelle is the second most popular form in English and American poetry. The 2012 anthology issued by Knopf documents the history of the form, includes canonical instances, and collects a generous selection of contemporary villanelles, among them “The Chankiri Tree” by Robert Schultz. Book launch events included a reading at The…
Ancestral Altars cover

Ancestral Altars

Issued March 1, 2015 by Artist’s Proof Editions, an imprint of Archipelago Press, Ancestral Altars collects the collaborative work by Robert Schultz and Binh Danh that treats the conflicts in Vietnam and Cambodia. This multimedia iBook, distributed via iTunes, includes text, image, audio of the poet reading the poems, and two “moving poems” constructed by…