Yours & Mine

By Alice Fulton b. 1952 Alice Fulton
Through your lens the sequoia swallowed me   
like a dryad. The camera flashed & forgot.
I, on the other hand, must practice my absent-
mindedness, memory being awkward as a touch   
that goes unloved. Lately your eyes have shut
down to a shade more durable than skin’s. I know you   
love distance, how it smooths. You choose an aerial view,   
the city angled to abstraction, while I go for the close   
exposures: poorly-mounted countenances along Broadway,   
the pigweed cracking each hardscrabble backlot.   
It’s a matter of perspective: yours is to love me   
from a block away & mine is to praise the grain-
iness that weaves expressively: your face.

Alice Fulton, “Yours & Mine” from Dance Script with Electric Ballerina. Copyright © 1983 by Alice Fulton. Reprinted with the permission of University of Illinois Press.

Source: Dance Script with Electric Ballerina (University of Illinois Press, 1983)

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Poet Alice Fulton b. 1952

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Love, Photography & Film, Realistic & Complicated

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Poet and writer Alice Fulton was born in 1952 and raised in Troy, New York. She earned a BA at Empire State College and an MFA from Cornell University. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Dance Script with Electric Ballerina (1982), which won an Associated Writing Programs Award; Palladium (1986), winner of the National Poetry Series; Powers of Congress (1990; reissued 2001); Sensual Math (1995); Felt: Poems . . .

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