Deep Within the Ravine by Philip Schutlz is an early collection of poems that feature much of what will come later. The poems are formally very much poems. There is the detail toward language, location, and specificity. But there is also a sense of the vernacular in this collection. Schultz’s poems very much talk to the reader, often in a conversational tone.
Schultz’s poems keep us guessing. We are never quite sure which Schultz we will get when we start reading a new poem. Usually, it is a mixture of all his qualities, energies, talents. Deep Within the Ravine reveals all of these.