Avid reader, Grady Ormsby, had this to say about Outposts on the Border of Longing:
"Last year I wrote about Songs from the Shaper’s Harp by Roberta Schultz. I recently received a copy of Outposts on the Border of Longing, her first published volume from Finishing Line Press. I sat down and read it straight through (sixteen poems, 31 pages). I immediately read it through again, this time with my Pilot fine point pen. I underlined and circled. I created a marginalia of comments and questions. It was a friendly conversation for, indeed, Roberta Schultz is a friend.
In this slim volume she touched on a wide range of subjects: National Geographic, a new childhood home, room decoration, recess games, an Asian visitor, shopping lists, The Run of the Ancestors, canine love, a tornado and a haiku-like koan. Despite the nod to Zen there is nothing arcane or mysterious. The predominant and recurring theme is family. One of my favorite pieces is a wonderful sestina that appealed to the literary nerd in me. All is very down-to-earth and vicariously familiar with a marvelous sense of humor and humanity. I grew up five hundred miles away from where Roberta did, but she enlivens the characters in her story poems so that they are just as real as the ones I grew up with."