Alice Fulton Analysis

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Alice Fulton has published her essays in journals, as well as a collection of essays, Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry (1999). A collection of her short stories, The Nightingales of Troy: Stories of a Family’s Century, was published in 2008. She has also contributed to audio recordings of her poetry accompanied by music, including Poets in Person: American Poets and Their Art (1991), I Will Breathe a Mountain: A Cycle from American Women Poets (1991), Turbulence: A Romance (1997), Mail: From Daphne and Apollo Remade (2000), Turns and Turns into the Night (2001), and The Etiquette of Ice (2005).


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Alice Fulton’s poetry has been published in many anthologies since 1982. She has also won numerous honors, including fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the Yaddo Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She received the Emily Dickinson Award (1980) and the Consuelo Ford Award for “Terrestrial Magnetism” from the Poetry Society of America (1984), an Academy of American Poets College Poetry Prize (1982), and the Rainer Maria Rilke Prize (1984). Palladium was selected for the National Book Series by Mark Strand in 1985 and won the Society of Midland Authors Award in 1987. Fulton won the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine (1989), the Robert Chasen Poetry Prize from Cornell University, the Henry Russel Award from the University of Michigan (1990), the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award from Southwest Review (1994), the Editor’s Prize in Fiction from the Missouri Review (1997), and the Bobbitt National Prize (2002) for Felt.


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Frost, Elisabeth A., and Cynthia Hogue, eds. Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2006. Contains an interview of Fulton by Cristanne Miller, one of the leading critics on Fulton’s poetry, as well as a brief biography and some representative poems.

Fulton, Alice. “Alice Fulton.” The official Web site for Fulton provides information on her life and works as well as links to interviews.

_______. “Fractal Amplifications: Writing in Three Dimensions.” In The Measured Word: On Poetry and Science, edited by Kurt Brown. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001. The poet provides an explanation of her fractal poetics.

_______. “Fractal Poetics: Adaptation and Complexity.” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 30, no. 4 (December, 2005): 323-330. Fulton provides further explanation of her theory as it applies to her own and others’ poetry.

Keller, Lynn. “The ’Then Some Inbetween’: Alice Fulton’s Feminist Experimentalism.” American Literature 71, no. 2 (1999): 311-340. Explores Fulton’s nonalignment with any particular school of poetry and discusses the problems for poet and reader because of her of lack of a traditional identity.

Marcus, Ben. “The Safety Net.” Review of Cascade Experiment. Poetry 184, no. 5 (September, 2004): 381-385. Marcus finds Fulton to be more of a technician than a messenger, producing beautiful poems that have everyday messages. Nevertheless, he feels that sometimes she is able to transcend the narrative with her poetic skills.

Miller, Cristanne. “’The Erogenous Cusp’: Or, Intersections of Science and Gender in Alice Fulton’s Poetry.” In Feminist Measures: Soundings in Poetry and Theory. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994. Miller explores Fulton’s use of quantum physics to reinvent poetic discourse.

_______. “Questioning Authority in the Late Twentieth Century.” In Marianne Moore: Questions of Authority. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995. Fulton is placed in a tradition with Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore.

_______. “Wonder Stings Me More than the Bee.” Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin 8, no. 2 (1996): 10-11. Fulton is discussed as a descendant of the nineteenth century poet Dickinson via the Fulton poem whose title comes from a Dickinson letter. The implicit idea is the lack of clear boundaries in life, despite societal attempts to maintain them.