Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry
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Feeling as a Foreign Language: The Good Strangeness of Poetry

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In Feeling as a Foreign Language, award-winning poet and critic Alice Fulton considers poetry's uncanny ability to access and recreate emotions so wayward they go unnamed. How does poetry create feeling? What are fractal poetics?

In a series of provocative, beautifully written essays concerning "the good strangeness of poetry," Fulton contemplates the intricacies of a rare...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Graywolf Press
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Jul 30, 2008 Bob rated it 4 of 5 stars
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It's been years since I read this. My strongest recollection is that Fulton makes a case for the abstract in poetry. We keep hearing about the values of concreteness, "no ideas but in things", the objective correlative, blah blah blah. Fulton refreshingly puts forth the justification of abstract ideas in poetry.

Fulton looks to science, such as fractals and advanced physics, as a potential tributary of poetic form. However one responds to Fulton's poetry, I found her critical ideas worth ponderin...more
I love it when poets write prose about poetry, explicating, unfolding, revealing their art. Alice Fulton here explores the variety of meanings in the word/image "screen" in one long essay; in a couple others, she opens the door to a "fractal poetics," which really caught my imagination, although I admit I will have to reread these essays to even begin to understand what she's talking about.
Patricia Killelea
I heard about this Fulton's poetics through Kenneth Lincoln, and I have to say that I really don't care for Fulton's theory of "fractal poetics." Her ideas seem merely descriptive; hardly any analysis at all, which is problematic since she is doing literary theory here.
i'm preparing for a panel i'll be on where my co-panelist is using the idea of fractal poetics as a main topic.

i like her essays a bit more than her poems.
Sean Patrick
A quick lesson on postmodern-femenist poetics, plus a foray into fractal poetry, and a great discussion of Emily Dickinson's staring into the abyss.
Moriah L Purdy
An incredibly helpful collection of essays -- great insight into Fulton's fractal poetics and her overall aesthetic.
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