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Dark, humorous, abrasive, bereft, and whimsical: these are poems of the grief process within a dysfunctional and fractured family and world. In her debut full-length collection, Fulton writes about her father's suicide and its aftermath; about strained familial relationships and dealing with regret and grief. She acknowledges mental health concerns, internal and global suffering, and the hope that can only be obtained through turning trauma into art. This is a masterful collection of poetry that brings light back into the cracks left by depression and loss.
About the Author
Christina Fulton received her Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Mass Media Communications/Journalism from Lynn University in 2008, and her MFA in Fiction from Florida Atlantic University in 2011. She currently teaches at Miami Dade College North. She has a supportive mother, a caring husband, and two crazy dogs. To the Man in the Red Suit is her first published poetry collection.
Fulton’s collection is a gift. So many of these poems get into your bones and sinews and stay there. She's vulnerable and the writing is, at times, devastating while still being simply beautiful.
—Gloria Panzera, author of With All My Love, I Wait
To the Man in the Red Suit is a remarkable first book. Christina Fulton, fully formed as a craftsperson and unique in her delivery, offers us the kind of searing fare we might want to empathize with or even turn from, but we can't. We must go further. The poems round about us like necklaces of deep thought and emotion, each segment of the chain bursting with colors of dark and light. Fulton's style links object after object with single modifiers in short phrases throughout the poems, each bit its own element of slightly changing viewpoint upon which to reflect her state, and by showing those objects, the subjective becomes real, becomes our state. This book is evidence of a bright and hopefully long career already well underway.
—Al Rocheleau, Florida State Poetry Association President and author of On Writing Poetry and Falling River: Collected Poems 1976-2016