I have been published in the New York literary magazine: "Slice". I freelance as a combat journalist. My latest article is in “Soldier of Fortune” Magazine.
In 2015 my first three POETRY BOOKS were published, LIFESONG, SIRENSONG, and WAR SONG. All three books are available on Amazon.com (see links below).
I am also the syndicated poet for the "HAVOK Journal", a Veterans' daily news journal.
I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in the small town of Ennis, Texas. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and was accepted into the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California.
I am a graduate of the Playwright Studio of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, Australia. My one-act play, “A Chance at Glory”, was produced there. I also was a staff writer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, where I wrote thirteen episodes of the continuing dramatic series, “Certain Women”.
I am a freelance writer specializing in combat situations. I served as a Recon Platoon Leader with the First Cavalry Division, as well TDY with the 75th Rangers, and as Counterguerrilla Patrolling Instructor at Ft Benning, GA. I am a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Most recently, I had an excerpt from my novel, “The General of Gran Cielo”, published in the New York literary magazine, “Slice”. And my article about my experience fighting with the Purepecha Indians of Cheran, Michoacan, Mexico in June 2011 was accepted and published by “Soldier of Fortune” Magazine.
In 2015 I published my first three poetry books (see links below), Lifesong, Sirensong, and
I am also the syndicated poet for The Havok Journal (havokjournal.com), a publication for American combat veterans.
As far as my poetry is concerned ...
I am only a scribbler on God's wall.
- Carl Martin Johnson -
My published poetry books, available at Amazon.com (click on book covers).
LIFESONG: Songs of Life in Poetry. Love, War, Life and Death
SIRENSONG: Poems of Sensuous Passion and Sweet Lust
WAR SONG: Poetry of Combat and War
A note for my EUROPEAN readers who might not be able to order from Amazon.com:
The books are also available on Amazon's European websites including
United Kingdom: www.amazon.co.uk , Germany: www.amazon.de ,
France: www.amazon.fr , Italy: www.amazon.it , and Spain: www.amazon.es .
RECENT HAPPENINGS and BOOK INFO
05-07-15: Published my book "WAR SONG"
(click on book titles above)
NEW Additions to Website: (Click on poem to read)
POEM OF THE WEEK
By Carl Martin Johnson
Their small house was a love-filled place.
It kept them dry and warm.
The smile that lit his cute wife’s face
Melted him with its charm.
He looked outside and saw his son
Playing with their pup.
Both their lives had just begun.
It would be fun watching them grow up.
Kitchen smells of pie and roast
Filtered out and made him grin.
He didn’t know what he loved most,
Her peach pie or her soft skin.
An explosion broke into his dream.
The enemy charging again.
He heard his wounded comrades scream.
His own luck was wearing thin.
His fantasy returned for a last kiss,
Taste of a life he would not see.
Instead, reality for him was this.
Knocking on the door of eternity.
But, as the bullets cut him through,
He leapt back to his dreaming place.
And the last thoughts that the soldier knew
Brought a smile to his dying face.
- Carl Martin Johnson -