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My third book of poems, A Tree and Gone (Future Cycle Press), is now out in Kindle and print format on Amazon (https://amzn.to/3qDrRqN) as well as right here. To order from my webpage, just  click on  the “Shop” button above. Proceeds from all books purchased through the website will be donated to a local food pantry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

I’ll be zoom teaching in October for River Heron Review. We’ll consider the relationship between poetry and music, the psychology of form, and the magical, mystical marriage of metaphor and mimesis. The title of the workshop is “Letting the Heart Sing: Sonnet Form and Composition.” Here’s the blurb for the course: "Participants will examine both the Petrarchan and the English (Shakespearean) sonnet, with a special focus on the role of the volta, the structure of the pentameter line, the opportunities and pitfalls of tight rhyme schemes, and the uses of enjambment, caesura, and internal rhyming. We’ll consider how such a time-honored form can remain contemporary in structure and voice, looking at modern “sonnets” that either adhere to or break from the traditional forms. Sessions will include generative writing activities and constructive feedback, with the goal of each student’s having a rough draft of a sonnet completed by the end of session four."                                                                                                                                                                                      

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A Tree and Gone (Poems)


Eternal Life 



A Communion of Saints 


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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 GuzzleThe 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. 


Upcoming Events

  • Letting the Heart Sing: Sonnet Form and Composition
    River Heron Review:www.riverheronreview.com
    Multiple Dates
    Oct 26, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    River Heron Review:www.riverheronreview.com
    Writing Workshop!
  • Terry Culleton, Ernest Hilbert, and Don Riggs read sonnets and more as part of the Moonstone Poetry Series
    Jun 02, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Terry Culleton will read a sampling of sonnets from his latest book of sonnets, A Tree and Gone. He will be joined by Philadelphia poet Don Riggs.
  • Terry Culleton reads from A Tree and Gone as part of River Heron Review's Summer Series of online poetry readings
    River Heron Review webpage
    May 24, 7:00 PM
    River Heron Review webpage
  • Terry Culleton reads as part of Moonstone's Nonsense Poetry Reading
    May 16, 2:00 PM
    Terry will be reading "Farewell The Greems," which will be appearing in Moonstone's Nonsense Poetry Anthology.
  • Terry Culleton reads "Circle Esso" as part of Moonstone's International Workers' Day Anthology Virtual Reading
    For information: https://moonstoneartscente
    May 01, 2:00 PM
    For information: https://moonstoneartscente
    For link and other info: https://moonstoneartscenter.org/event/virtual-poetry-reading-international-workers-day-anthology/
  • "Bone" by Terry Culleton featured as part of "Thirty Days of Inspiration"
    Watch it unfold @bucksarts and #bucksarts
    Apr 18, 8:00 AM
    Watch it unfold @bucksarts and #bucksarts
    Terry's poem "Bone" will appear paired with artwork by Samantha Thompson on a posting by the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County asw part of their "Thirty Days of Inspiration" series for Poetry Month. Terry's poem will be posted at @bucksarts and #bucksarts
  • "Arts Chat" Terry Culleton will read and discuss his poem "Bone."
    Register for details at address listed abov
    Apr 15, 7:00 PM
    Register for details at address listed abov
    This online event is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County. Register at: https://www.bucksarts.org/.../artist-chats-30-days-of.../


For media inquiries, readings, and review copies

Tel: 215.534.3633 | tculleton33@yahoo.com

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