Recently I surfed back to a journal where I was fortunate to have had some of my poetry published only to sadly find that last year the journal had ceased publication.
The journal was ditch, where you find poetry that’s off the main road. In its own words:”Celebrating the innovative, the non-conforming, the radical, the alternative, the avant-garde, the non-linear, the abstract, the experimental.”
This Canadian poetry magazine ran from August 2007 to January 2014, and published not only numerous Canadian and International poets online, but also several chapbooks, and special commemorative pages. Entirely self-funded and supported by its editor, John C. Goodman, technology was unable to keep up with the creativity of work submitted. The web platform couldn’t meet the formatting demands. Sadly, this wonderful source of contemporary poetry was laid to rest.
The site remains up with the archive accessible. Visit and randomly click on names from the Canadian or International lists. There is a plethora of poetry still waiting for your discovery at ditch.
May Day has arrived and National Poetry Month comes to another conclusion. The Found Poetry Review once again sponsored a creative and challenging project for production of found poems during the entire month. This was my second time taking part. The concept of poetry “scout” badges was fun and tough at times. I did complete all 30, though more than half in the final hours due to an extremely challenging month in non-literary ways.
During the month of May, all the poems will be visible online. They will go dark come the end of this month. I hope you will check out a few of mine. I’m rather proud of them.
April is poetry month. Look for poetry around you, on signs, buses, walls, even small pieces of paper a stranger may hand you. This year, I am once again participating with The Found Poetry Review’s sponsored poetry month celebration. For Poetry Month this year, FPR came up with the idea of Poetry Month Scouts. Every day in April, over 200 poets from 43 states and 12 countries will post newly created works using specific guidelines to earn poetry badges. Discover the many ways to create a found poem!
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