Sean Sullivan

Biography

My writing is so much like the things I craft from reclaimed wood - begun with passion and purpose, sorely short on planning.

The three legs of wordcraft being preparation, inspiration and perspiration, I never fail to make do balancing and wobbling on just the latter two.

I just can't resist the urge to plunge my hands right into things, start shaping parts of the whole and fitting them together.

I grant mine are stories made from old wood - scraps and bits that have seen the world, overused and weathered, salvaged and repurposed.

Yet somehow in spite of all that, I find my mode of word and woodcraft work well. For when I’ve hidden all the mistakes I can find, sanded out the rough parts and those apt to leave splinters, I hold something that has character, feels comfortable and fits in.

"Is it an antique? Authentic?” some might ask."Or a reproduction perhaps?” A bit of both, I'd have to say. I hope you enjoy reading!

Books

Autumn In Automobiles
Price: Free! Words: 170. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Have you ever driven a peak New England fall? When foliage seems like floor, ceiling and wall
Through the Nose
Price: Free! Words: 320. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
There she was, a silent old woman sitting alone / Seeming as if for some sin she sought to atone / Her lungs filled by a transparent, synthetic hose / And long and laborious breaths through the nose
The Man in the Clouds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 750. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
I stared at the clouds from many an angle / And tried every which way its orientation / Yet all my honest effort failed to wrangle / From the page his heavenly manifestation
Redmen
Price: Free! Words: 550. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
In a small and proud New England town / One of fervent football fandom and fame / All my fellows donned a collective frown / Certain things would never be the same
The Autumn Moth
Price: Free! Words: 220. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Come inside slight autumn moth / Come escape white winter's wroth / I'll wait for you, here hold the door / that you might live a few days more
Mall Birds
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Saw birds take flight within the mall The world outside beset by snowfall Beneath this roof of benevolent glass In a blur of graceful brown they pass
Drive
Price: Free! Words: 240. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
You’re there in that car, half asleep / Lost in thought and diversions deep / Your fellow travelers passing you by / All in undue time on their way to die
Dear Jane Doe
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 710. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
(5.00)
I chanced upon this story several years ago / In a newspaper bound for the recycle bin / A plea for advice penned by you, Jane Doe / I had only glanced but found it drew me in
First Steps
Price: Free! Words: 420. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
I spy you there without your shoes / Shy mere months the terrible twos / This is I think, that precious age / Your tottering and prolific phase / When little legs in / rapturous rage / Are one rambling, run-on phrase / Pitter pattering across the page
Fall of the Raccoon
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 400. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
I saw you there lonely by the roadside / A raccoon who in crossing had died / On your back, face upturned to a tree / A lofty place a raccoon nest might be
Vine of Mine
Price: Free! Words: 230. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
(4.00)
His lusty dog days long since done / Clinging yet to those weeks of youth / Still green with envy of summer sun / An agreeable autumn hedging truth
Monument
Price: Free! Words: 150. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
(5.00)
Here’s such dear and wanton cost / Awe-inspiring, this senseless zeal / Cultures cowed, landscapes lost / To tortured reason, twisted steel
Autumn Aquatic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 240. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Wade out with me in autumn air / Come. See the bounty branches bear / Float among the trees, you and I / Soaked in blue New England sky
The Tooth Fairy
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
I recall that first lost tooth like yesterday / Its happy home in my mouth outgrown / It seemed torn between whether to stay / Or plunge out into that great unknown
Sideshow Joe
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 480. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Into our lives a goldfish came and went / A king among his castles and coral / And who seemed somehow as if meant / To school us what is merciful, moral
Storm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 190. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This overcast, moody September night / I watched in clouds explosions of light / A difference of air up there couldn’t agree / And I thought how very like you and me
Banners
Price: Free! Words: 490. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
My friends, today’s a banner day! / Fit to hang my flags and let them fly / Beneath a sky of blue bereft of gray / In free air and sun to wave and dry
A Summer's Saunter
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Over the waterfall and before the trail / Great stairs of stone were built below / Lean on, look down from bridge’s rail / To hear and watch the white water go
While You're Sleeping
Price: Free! Words: 300. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Dream in peace my lover, friend / While you sleep I sit and write / Watch your ribs rise, descend / With these words pretend I might / Your nature capture, comprehend
The Spear
Price: Free! Words: 520. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
In a warm night’s sky when but a child / When thoughts and hours away I whiled / I saw a thing hung there on high / That flashed within my widened eye / Four stars against the sky arrayed / My mind transfixed by what they made
Darwin's Door
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 690. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
(4.00)
A very young and curious child / I once went and asked my mom / Experience still tender and mild / Where newborn babies come from / The stork, she said and gently smiled
Translation
Price: Free! Words: 640. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
In a foreign land, a girl on her own / The language and landscape wholly unknown / Perhaps looking for love is the reason she came / Or it’s happenstance, acquaintance by chance / Either way may she find the upshot the same / A life-changing kiss and whirlwind romance
The Painted Barn
Price: Free! Words: 110. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
(5.00)
There’s a barn upon which sunlight daily descends / On whose brilliance its fiber’s existence depends
The Temple
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 760. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Religious
Easier by far to smile and agree / To fabricate and nod / Than declare oneself sovereign and free / From a manufactured god / But it’s stood the test of man and time / The pinnacle of reason, rhyme / The greater height - the harder climb
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Gazing skyward, sense and substance to find / A man's fate with star signs is sadly entwined / Odd chamber of echoes that vacuum of space / Swallows his cries of injustice with nary a trace / So much too of the hope and blame we misplace /
Final Draft
Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
I know a house that’s more a maze / Its rooms, its halls, its winding ways / In here you could get lost for days
New England Man
Price: Free! Words: 360. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Epic
(5.00)
That most meddling crier arrives to town / His coming confirmed by collective frown / In coat of softest down quite snug / Clothed in canny learning likewise smug / He’s come to town a truth to tell / In hand that known and wicked bell / Whose honest tones cast dreadful spell / Ring of futures foul, forecasts fell
Sunrise
Price: Free! Words: 390. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
(5.00)
A girl upon waking is like the sunrise / When she hums and she smiles, opens her eyes
The Old Lady
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,160. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00)
Through it all the old house never let Mildred down, kept her warm and safe from the world outside. Now she and the house are feeling their age, and Mildred sees the end coming for them both. She wants more than anything to leave something behind for her granddaughter, and on this cold winter night Mildred has a plan, one she hopes will make everything right and mean a new life for them both.

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