Alice Fulton Poems

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.


by Alice Fulton

‘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.

born gorgeous with nerves, with brains

the pink of silver polish or

jellyfish wafting ornately

through the body below.

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