Recent Reviews for Marge B. Fulton
All Roads Lead to Hazard/Twenty Short Stories/New Release! (Book) - 1/29/2009 2:54:09 PM|
At times I’m given to wonder where all the fine regional writers have gone as America becomes obnoxiously homogeneous. Then, a book like All Roads Lead To Hazard comes to my attention. Marge Fulton captures her Appalachia with wit, empathy and élan.
There is no attempt to play up the rusticism or to play down the encroachment of modernity. This collection of short stories captures the flow of a language which, while often contemporary, retains the nuance of grace and civility which we rightfully connect with the Southern and Border States.
The characters are so well limned that they will quickly remind you of people you know. ( I want to know more about Lena Centers.) At first read, their language seemed a bit “off” until I recalled my times as a visitor. At second read, the dialogue was perfect and the subtle wit shone. At third read, I was catching up with old friends.
Yes, I had to read All Roads Lead To Hazard three times. Ms. Fulton reopened my eyes and mind to the reality that talented regional writers still exist and that she’s a stellar example.
All Roads Lead to Hazard/Twenty Short Stories/New Release! (Book) - 8/1/2008 2:11:21 PM
Have you considered turning some of those experiences into some free verse poetry or even the other kind of poetry?
My Aunt Sitha (Short Story) - 1/29/2009 6:38:43 AM
This was a really sweet story. Reminded me of my Aunt Linda who was from Louisa, Kenticky. Kentucky Women-gotta love em.
Ice Cream Headache (Short Story) - 1/15/2009 2:10:18 PM
Your decriptiveness kept me interested, and it had a turn of a novel-with the story about the baby. I think every-one can relate to a mistake made-that still eats at them. Amazing Story-Telling Ability.
Bugbear Went over the Mountain (Short Story) - 9/4/2008 9:09:02 AM
Marge, this is my kind of story--Southern and funny and there's a dog. Loved it.
Bugbear Went over the Mountain (Short Story) - 8/13/2008 8:10:11 PM
Adorable! Kept me captive from beginning to end, wearing a smile.
Bugbear Went over the Mountain (Short Story) - 8/3/2008 5:18:29 AM
Love this, Marge; very well penned! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Our State Beckons (Poetry) - 1/26/2009 3:50:30 PM
I lovedit. So captures the essence of Kentucky. The photograph made me smile.
The Smell of Oranges (Poetry) - 1/20/2009 12:43:02 PM
Hi Marge, I read your poem,"The Smell of Oranges" and found it quite refreshing. Thanks for the glimpse into Eden. Wishing you and yours the best of good luck and prosperity. Please feel free to visit my site here in the "Den"
There Will be Roses (Poetry) - 1/10/2009 9:43:55 AM
Tapestry (Poetry) - 11/23/2008 12:08:11 AM
FABULOUS!!! This caught my mind and attention from the off, Marge, and I felt alert and stimulated while reading... I love the form of this completely with its short lines and sparse but sharp images and concepts... I truly didn't want it to end and will read again to savour each colour and tone of this more fully. Excellent poetry. TY xx
King Coal (Poetry) - 11/22/2008 11:25:04 AM
My husband comes from Coal country (West Virginia) so this resounds for me. great write. I think I saw your name first on roundtable.
Tapestry (Poetry) - 11/15/2008 11:53:23 AM
Marge,,, A beautfully woven poem!
King Coal (Poetry) - 11/4/2008 2:22:42 PM
Terse and terrific
King Coal (Poetry) - 11/4/2008 12:50:26 PM
Photograph and chosen words equate to history, well said...
Be always safe,
King Coal (Poetry) - 11/4/2008 6:23:55 AM
Marge, You have told a complete story here,,,I love the creativity!
There Will be Roses (Poetry) - 10/16/2008 1:23:48 PM
The economy as a metaphor for relationship - it works well. Your gift for seeing things from a unique perspective is splendid.
There Will be Roses (Poetry) - 10/14/2008 2:29:13 PM
Trials and tribulations are sometimes difficult to place behind us, but moving forward is the right direction.....
Be always safe,
There Will be Roses (Poetry) - 10/14/2008 6:03:53 AM
"There will be lightness. There will be roses." That's the right spirit! Thanks for the inspiration!
There Will be Roses (Poetry) - 10/14/2008 3:49:15 AM
....life can be hard and painful,,time with faith heals, 'may this time be short and happiness be long'.
Walking on Waters (Poetry) - 10/6/2008 2:04:40 PM
Superb. Uplifting without being "preachy". Bravo!
The Smell of Oranges (Poetry) - 10/6/2008 2:00:36 PM
"...that meat digested" Powerful metaphor.
BTW- Happy Birthday to your Husband. I'll forgive him for being so young.
The Smell of Oranges (Poetry) - 10/2/2008 10:35:55 AM
Very nice writing...HUgsss
The Smell of Oranges (Poetry) - 10/1/2008 8:59:55 AM
I like that reference to "the smell of oranges" very much! Nice poem.
The Smell of Oranges (Poetry) - 10/1/2008 6:01:23 AM
Time is one thing we have no control of, so enjoy it. Happy Birthday to all! Thought provoking.
The Smell of Oranges (Poetry) - 10/1/2008 4:41:33 AM
Truly lovely work.
Our State Beckons (Poetry) - 9/28/2008 7:09:55 PM
Oh what a beautifully serene photograph that so compliments your wonderful expressions and thoughts...
Be always safe,
Our State Beckons (Poetry) - 9/27/2008 2:55:30 PM
enjoyed the read
Our State Beckons (Poetry) - 9/27/2008 8:16:47 AM
A peaceful serene piece of work. Kentucky sounds like a wonderful place to live.
Our State Beckons (Poetry) - 9/27/2008 8:16:11 AM
good poem i like it
Our State Beckons (Poetry) - 9/27/2008 7:12:03 AM
Enjoyed very much sweet lady...be well and always safe ...HUgss
Puppet Show (Poetry) - 9/26/2008 12:31:55 PM
What a grace-filled piece! I hope that one day you can see Pilobus do there full body shadow show.
Remnants of a Festival (Poetry) - 9/26/2008 11:53:35 AM
fall reappeared like the roots of your natural
Nice simile, Marge and the whole creative expression makes fine poetry. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
Remnants of a Festival (Poetry) - 9/26/2008 11:14:16 AM
"...honey wagons" leading to "bowels of winter" What a masterful bit of subtle punsmanship! Bravo.
Puppet Show (Poetry) - 9/24/2008 6:22:57 PM
Ah yes. The days before digital. Thank you, Marge. Love and best wishes,
Puppet Show (Poetry) - 9/24/2008 2:51:11 PM
Such an adorable way to walk us down memory lane. All those black and whites and slides too, God bless...
Be always safe,
Puppet Show (Poetry) - 9/24/2008 6:13:52 AM
Puppet Show (Poetry) - 9/24/2008 4:13:18 AM
Hi Marge,I enjoy reading this poem.Good job :-),take care
Remnants of a Festival (Poetry) - 9/22/2008 4:26:21 AM
This is a good poem,I enjoy reading it,take care
Mums, the Last Dance (Poetry) - 9/20/2008 9:24:12 AM
Thank you for this one. Poems that can elict responses in depth are rare and pricless.
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 9/19/2008 9:33:48 AM
Wonderful observation; love the way your mind works and the "cozy" way you choose/use your words. There is something very familiar, comfortable and approachable about your work. Great 'bio' page also - love your take on how the name "Luna" might apply to you! Best wishes to you.
Mums, the Last Dance (Poetry) - 9/19/2008 9:30:09 AM
Very enjoyable read with interesting structure and nice flow. Love the word choices, especially "ephemeral."
Mums, the Last Dance (Poetry) - 9/19/2008 8:59:47 AM
Yes the last to go into winter. Sometimes roses stay on til frost time though. I see Mums in all colors and are selling well here in PA for fall porches etc.
A Daring Bloom (Poetry) - 9/18/2008 10:17:26 AM
"Brevity is the soul of wit."
In this instance it is the soul of beauty.
The River (Poetry) - 9/17/2008 2:13:03 PM
Heartwarming tale so true to its core....
Be always safe,
Curing (Poetry) - 9/17/2008 12:46:25 PM
An amazing capture, Marge. It leaves me with a stunned soul and a mind and heart of ambivalence. You conjure shock well and your clear-eyed vision and metaphoric pen combine to produce the best sort of poety - that which presents an image which leaves the mind to do the work of pondering. Yes, little by little, the chemistry of mind and body cure us to be able to get used to things and cope... even if what we are entertaining sees our dreams go up in smoke. Excellent stuff here! TY Kate xx
Walking on Waters (Poetry) - 9/14/2008 11:52:12 AM
Truly unique and a wonderful extended metaphor, Marge. A complex thought process that is surgically delivered without a word being wasted - yet full of captivating images that carry your idea so well. I love the strong conclusion that keeps us wondering. And the central force of the poem, the Canadian penny becoming legal tender. Very strong writing here. TY Kate xx
A Daring Bloom (Poetry) - 9/9/2008 11:36:33 PM
Beautiful and creative descriptions! Hugs,
Curing (Poetry) - 9/9/2008 2:52:53 PM
I can't imagine what it would be like to have one of my children going away as you describe. My best sentiment for all that is good for you and your son, Marge.
A Daring Bloom (Poetry) - 9/9/2008 2:51:40 PM
Lovely natural expression; thank you for sharing this gift, Marge. Love and best wishes to you,
Curing (Poetry) - 9/8/2008 2:21:28 PM
May God in all his caring wisdom watch over your son and others deployed over seas into battle, heartrendering....
Be always safe,
Curing (Poetry) - 9/8/2008 1:00:21 PM
Wonderful imagery. You combine wistfulness with thoughtfulness. This is a strong write.
Conventions are Like Chess (Poetry) - 9/2/2008 11:12:40 AM
Fine use of metaphor. Nice internal rythmn. Bravo!
Conventions are Like Chess (Poetry) - 8/31/2008 12:29:00 PM
Conventions are indeed chess games with the queen being the powerful people, but only one, while there are so many insignificant pawns.
Beautiful metaphoric poem.
Conventions are Like Chess (Poetry) - 8/31/2008 9:54:43 AM
I'm with you my friend...this is for sure a history making election! I really don't know much about three of the four that are on the ticket, and the unknown does tend to scare me. I for one will be glad when this election is over! I hope I will be glad...also wanted to let you know that I intend on purchasing your book "All Roads Lead to Hazard" I try to buy at least one book per month from den authors to help my den friends out, increase my own library while also enjoying some really great writing....
Blessings my friend,
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 8/20/2008 5:21:07 AM
Some people are early starters and shoppers. I am not a morning person,m though am trying hard to do better at getting about in the mornings and not missing out on the sunrises of life.
HILLSIDE HAIKU (Poetry) - 8/20/2008 5:19:39 AM
Love to travel through S.Carolina on way to Ga to visit relatives. Nice scenery. Last time though we saw 6 dead deeer killed along the roadside til we got to our destination. Sad thing that is for those animals.
HILLSIDE HAIKU (Poetry) - 8/17/2008 3:10:49 AM
A beautiful Haiku my friend....welcome to the den! We're neighbors...I'm from Clay county....I'm only thirty minutes from Hazard! I'm enjoying your work and am anxious to buy and read your book...
In the Twentieth Century (Poetry) - 8/16/2008 6:28:36 PM
You are right, Marge. Time has gone into full "warp speed." Love and best wishes,
The Mourning Dress (Poetry) - 8/16/2008 10:10:08 AM
Wow what a thought provoking write...well done, enjoyed!
HILLSIDE HAIKU (Poetry) - 8/15/2008 11:49:08 AM
I do love haiku
And yours here is a fine one
Thank you for sharing
Nicely done, Marge. Love and peace,
In This Rugged Terrain (Poetry) - 8/15/2008 11:47:45 AM
And I join my prayer to yours, Marge. Thank you. Love and best wishes,
The Mourning Dress (Poetry) - 8/15/2008 11:46:47 AM
Certain items can indeed evoke so much. Nicely shared moments, Marge. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
In the Twentieth Century (Poetry) - 8/9/2008 3:27:25 PM
So it was in those Saturdays, I remember the Girl Scouts selling cookies outside K-mart and all. Now we have the yard sales to go to each Saturday. Lots of them today I passed by while driving. Don't need no more things to collect dust.
In the Twentieth Century (Poetry) - 8/8/2008 11:40:15 PM
Hi Marge,hard to believe that 98 was 10 years ago lol.I enjoy reading this poem,take care
HILLSIDE HAIKU (Poetry) - 8/8/2008 10:57:55 AM
Hi Marge,this is very lovely.I enjoy reading it and thanks for sharing this haiku,take care
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 8/3/2008 8:19:19 PM
How passionately and beautifully you have captured the moment, well done...
Be always safe,
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 8/3/2008 2:21:10 PM
Nice vignette of life.
Kingdom Come (Poetry) - 8/3/2008 6:19:16 AM
This is pretty good,keep up the good work,take care :-)
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 8/3/2008 6:17:01 AM
A very good poem Marge,I enjoy reading it.take care
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 8/3/2008 4:51:31 AM
Well expressed with vivid imagery.
At the Lumber Store at Seven in the Morning (Poetry) - 8/3/2008 4:32:06 AM
The imagery you utilize takes the reader where you want them to be; well done.
(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Kingdom Come (Poetry) - 8/2/2008 4:36:37 PM
I was right there in the lines and the last one, simply perfect!