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Carl Martin Johnson poet poetry author
Carl Martin Johnson Poet Poetry Author



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 (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

War Song.
I am also the syndicated poet for The Havok Journal (, 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  (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



Books I published: 


All my books are available at

(click on book titles above)

NEW Additions to Website:   (Click on poem to read)


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           POEM OF THE WEEK











By Carl Martin Johnson

There’s a ghost in the wishing well.
I hear him call to me.
What he wants I cannot tell.
Perhaps to set him free.

But I think I will leave him there.
I can’t be sure he would be good.
He could be a ghost who likes to scare
Folks in my neighborhood.



              - Carl Martin Johnson -

Carl Martin Johnson
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