Alice Fulton

Alice Fulton is an American poet who was born in New York in 1952. She is considered to be one of America’s most important contemporary poets, well-regarded for her lyrical verse. Her poetry is often praised for her thoughtful and subtle word choice. She works as the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English Emerita at Cornell University.


‘Aviation’ by Alice Fulton is a poem about a single speaker’s highly relatable feelings of isolation in her small town. She sees herself as separate and alienated from those around her.


‘Babies’ by Alice Fulton describes the different ways that children and adults understand the world. The latter’s perspective is informed by years of conflict, lies that can’t be apologized for, and the realization that some parts of one’s life are so important that you only get one shot at them.

Traveling Light

‘Traveling Light’ by Alice Fulton is a powerful poem that weaves together images of the present and the past. Throughout, readers can explore Fulton’s understanding of her relationship with her father and her current relationship with the landscape around her.