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Teenager & Young Adult - New England Poet John T. Cullen

Teenager & Young Adult - New England Poet John T. Cullen

Teenager & Young Adult - New England Poet John T. Cullen

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click Poet and Novelist. I wrote poetry from age 7 to age 27, a span of twenty years. That's a career in itself. I also wrote my first small novel at 11 (lost, but not forgotten) and completed my teenage novel at age 19 (Summer Planets, available in Kindle e-book at Amazon print editions.

John T. Cullen in my 60s in San Diego Harbor late one summer afternoon Teenage Journalist. I became a professional writer at 17 as a summer interne newspaper reporter at the New Haven Journal-Courier (three summers). I remember having to take an evening off to graduate from high school. I had already written over 100 poems as I turned 18 that first summer. Soon after that, I had my first poem published in a small magazine. Starting around my 15th birthday, I began working on my first full novel. I wrote three or four full drafts of what would (age 19) become my SF novel Summer Planets. I completed the fifth or so final draft of my novel as a sophomore English/Liberal Arts Major at the University of Connecticut in my dorm room (310 McMahon Hall) around Spring 1969.

click Short Narrative/Sampler: Highways. One of my first poetry publications was a quick, short sampler that I created (click the link) here in a folder titled Highways. I did a lot of hitch hiking in my youth in Connecticut, ending with a great, c.5,000 mile thumb-journey across the USA from East Coast to West Coast, and down the West Coast from Portland, Oregon to Chula Vista, California. That's during my starving author days after college & before joining the U.S. Army for a six year hitch in the center of Cold War Europe/NATO. These pages are a poetic ode & ramble about my travels in the Nutmeg State including Biblical Hartford.

click My Duet: Cymbalist Poems. A companion volume to my age 27 romantic, emo (melancholy) novel On Saint Ronan Street. In my homesickness and nostalgia as a G.I. far from home, I drew upon several main inspirations for the New England college town romance, especially some of the atmosphere in John Updike's work. Only book so far with a few late poems from my Army days around age 27/8. I later (2010s) reworked the novel as Paris Affaire (same story, but set in Paris, rather than in New Haven; and surprise, upbeat ending).

click Youthful Poetry: October Leaf. Youthful poetry anthology from long ago. My one adult addition is the title poem (in my 60s), based on sensing beauty and mortality in an autumn leaf.

click Calling Earth: Can Anyone Hear Me? A fairly complete selection of all my poetry by age 23. At that age, while working as a security guard (alone) in a vast, echoing hall in New Haven Harbor, I compiled all my poetry to date (about 400 pages). I correctly anticipated a huge, necessary life transition (soon left for California, then at age 24 enlisted in the US Army; two tours included five years in Europe; returned to permanent home in California age 31). From age 23 to about 27/8, wrote maybe another 30 or 40 poems as a finale in rock star burnout. Self-published my first volume (Pauses: 65 Poems) hand-crafted, 12 copies, registered with LOC, with help in binding etc. at a local German print shop. In summation, almost my entire corpus (despite praise & support) remained unpublished until after 2010 CE, when I was able to use the freedom of the Internet to publish my work to the world.

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