Terence Culleton poetry, essays, short stories
I'm excited to announce that my third book of poems, A Tree and Gone (Future Cycle Press), is now out in Kindle format on Amazon ( The print edition will be available in a week or two right here. To pre-order, just click on the “Shop” button above. Proceeds from all books purchased through the website will be donated to a local food pantry. A Tree and Gone is a collection of fifty-four English sonnets (the kind Shakespeare used to write) divided into three sections, each of which explores various aspects of our relationship to ourselves, to one another, and to the natural world. Avatar Review will be publishing three of these sonnets—"Hermetic,” “Pre-Prandial,” and “Misercordia Hospital Bus”—in its Summer 2021 issue, and Birmingham Arts Journal will be publishing another, entitled “One Way,” in an upcoming issue. Two other sonnets from A Tree and Gone, "Blessing" and "Fudge Shop," appeared in the Summer 2020 Issue (#192) of Orbis. "Fudge Shop” was subsequently voted best of issue by readers and has been nominated by Orbis for a Pushcart Prize. Another sonnet, "Viparinama," was one of the Featured Poems in the September (2020) issue of Better Than Starbucks. You can read it at: . Finally, two other sonnets from the book, "Amor Vincit Omnia" and "Meadow Stalks," came out on September 10 and October 10 respectively on the literary website Sparks of Calliope, while “Students Skating At Rockefeller Center Center” came out in the Fall/Winter number of Whistling Shade.
About A Communion of Saints:
"As the editor of two journals primarily dedicated to formal and metrical poetry, it is unusual for me to read a set of poems and feel that I am in the presence of that rare bird, a poet who not only understands the proper mechanics of meter and form , but who can use them to produce great poetry. Terry Culleton is such a poet. . . . Culleton gives free rein to his lively imagination and mischievous sense of humor, but although the poems are often wildly funny, they usually serve to elucidate some nugget of philosophy or spiritual angst, and many resonate with an almost unearthly beauty. . . . I am sure we will be seeing much more of his work in both local and national venues."
-- Anna Evans, editor of Barefoot Muse and The Raintown Review and author of The Unacknowledges Legislator and Under Dark Waters: The Sinking of The Titanic
"For years I have applauded Terry Culleton’s hilarious accounts of fictitious saints he has brought into existence through his abundant imagination. But despite his glibness in telling about "St. Apneus the Sleeper" who, on finding God “inaccessible to prayer,” vowed to “sleep his life away," or about St. Anorexius who subsists on his miserly diet (“a dot of cottage cheese, a molecule of milk, a nice afterthought of Cantonese Duck or Thousand-Year-Old Egg”), his seriousness of purpose is never in doubt. Reading Culleton’s poems I am struck by the awe and reverence he extends to his solitary seekers in their quest for the divine. Their self-doubt and self-deprivation—their willingness to give their lives up to something greater than themselves—resonates during these secular times of texting and instant messages, when religious devotion seems quaint and peculiar and out of fashion."
-- Joe Chelius, author of Crossing State Lines and The Art of Acquiescence.
About A Tree and Gone (forthcoming from Future Cycle Press):
"[Culleton's]poems are rife with motion, often of waves and of winds, but also of a bird dropping that lands on a leaf of chickweed or of a dog that we see “pitch and zag / in wafts and skirls of blindingly bright snow.” That motility might seem at odds with such a traditional form as the sonnet, but there’s a blessed rage for order here, and the artifice is often pressured by the changes that these poems document. [T]he skillful control is reminiscent of Richard Wilbur."
-- Temple Cone, author of Guzzle, The Broken Meadow, and No Loneliness.
Terence Culleton lives in Bucks County PA, just outside Philadelphia, where he's taught writing and literature for forty years. Mr. Culleton is the author of two published books of verse, A Communion of Saints (2011) and Eternal Life (2015), both published by Anaphora Literary Press. His third collection, A Tree and Gone, is due out in 2021 from Future Cycle Press.
Mr. Culleton publishes in diverse magazines and reviews, and reads widely throughout the Philadelphia region, as well as in northeastern PA and New York. His work has been featured on radio and cable TV shows in Pennsylvania and New York. and on
NPR, and he has won a number of prizes and awards both for his poetry and his teaching.
His work has also been set to music and recorded by Vermont composer Don Jamison for his book and CD Far Heaven, as well as by Darryl Harper and Onus for their CD Stories in Real Time.