The mission of the Poetry Super Highway is to expose as many people to as many other people’s poetry as possible.
Send a book – Get a book. In February 2016, the Poetry Super Highway will coordinate a great free exchange of poetry publications amongst poets worldwide.
It’s not a contest. There are no judges, entry fees, winners, or losers.
Last year 69 poets participated both sending their book and receiving another poet’s book from a randomly selected other participant
By agreeing to participate, someone will be exposed to your poetry, and you will be exposed to someone elses poetry.
To participate you must volunteer to mail one copy of one poetry book that you have written to one other person participating. Just one book. In exchange, you will receive in the mail one copy of one poetry book written by a different participating poet.
Please note it is a circular exchange. You will be sending your book to a different poet than you will be receiving one from.
E-books are not eligible for the Great Poetry Exchange. (Though we will have an e-book exchange later in the year.) Your book must be a physical entity. Even if it’s self published, or ‘one of one’ that you printed from your computer and stapled together…but please, no e-books.
In early March, we will randomly assign the books to each participant and email to you the name and address of the person you are supposed to send your book to.
We will also list your book and description on this web page along with the link to your website for all to see. In addition we will list the new books in our weekly e-mailed update which goes out to thousands of people.
Please note, as the Great Poetry Exchange is open to everyone on planet Earth, it’s possible that you will be required to send your book to someone outside of your own country which will, of course cost you more in postage than it would to send it domestically.
Also. we’ll ask that you send us an e-mail in March once your book has actually been sent so we can keep track and make sure that all participants who send a book also get one.
You also must agree to send out your book within 2 weeks of being notified of who to send your book to.
To submit your book, please go to our ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
Books Pledged So Far:
The Brubury Tales (Illustrated Edition) by Frank Mundo
An ambitious homage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, The Brubury Tales takes Chaucer’s story and frame to Los Angeles just after the riots in 1992, where seven security guards on the graveyard shift swap tales in an impromptu storytelling competition for Christmas vacation time.
The Day The Earth Shook by Susan Anderson
A book of original poetry and artwork remembering the Haitian earthquake of 2010. All proceeds will benefit the Health Ministries for Haiti and the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin.
Dialogues by Gayle Bell
Dialogues explores themes of love, loss, retribution, shame, survival and other human concerns. Trigger Warnings; This chapbook has depictions of sex work, drug abuse,and child/ spousal abuse issues.
Cities of the mind by Jay Arr
Humankind’s largest construct, cities are where more than half the planet’s population now live. Here are conjured past, present and future cites; real alongside imaginary. As metaphors for theories, news, myths, relationships and everyday events the cities brought to mind are here because this is where they have always existed.
Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry and Verse by Dean K Miller
Deep within us are places we avoid, wellsprings of despondency and tenderness. Tangled among suffering, happiness, confusion, and love, a voice silently waits. Negotiating a labyrinth of emotions, Miller’s poetry articulates the echoes of life’s diversity.
I Dream of Empathy by Marianne Szlyk
Marianne Szlyk’s poetry chapbook, I Dream of Empathy, revolves around the themes of empathy for the earth, other people (including her mother and her first husband), and even herself.
Juggling Fire, Blindfolded by Eric Evans
Evans’ book deals with the loss of old love and the welcoming in of the new. These are not divorce poems, per say, as they lack any such distasteful bitterness. Rather, with allusive nods to great music and film, they embrace the more complicated truths of the matter.
LONE STARS Poetry Magazine edited by Milo Rosebud
28 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″, collection of Contemporary Poets and their Poetry. Publishing 25 years since 1991.
Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman by Rick Lupert
Rick’s 17th book, and first non-travel themed collection of poetry since 1997s I Am My Own Orange County.
Mitmensch by Corey Mesler
In this chapbook, Corey Mesler invokes the specter of a man known only as Mitmensch. Poem by poem, a variety of speakers construct a shadowy portrait of the man, artist, business man, demigod.
Ocean Is My Name ( Long Poem) by Seshendra Sharma
This is the finest Long Poem of our times. Seshendra is crown prince of 20th Century Poetry
One Unique Woman’s Words by Theresa Stuart
Poetry, prose and thoughts…One Unique Woman’s Words is a collection of uplifting, inspiring personal works. filled with insight, love, and romantic images. Offering you a glimpse into the human condition with subtlety and gentle thought. Hopefully igniting your own personal passion.
Poet Loiterer by D.L. Lang
Poet Loiterer is 180 pages of new poetic nonsense by D.L. Lang comprised of protest poems, nature poetry, spiritual poems, and story poems.
Rectangular Man Dream Horses by Don Kingfisher Campbell
Poems composed between June and December 2015 with titles like Hard Drive Soft Wear, In the Good Pharmacy, Little Boy at the Beach, Novim’s Nightmare Whistlestar, Rectangular Man, Semi-Automatic Suicide, The Skies Speak In Light, A pair of lips for the apocalypse, and Walk a Mile in Black Nike’s.
Signs by George Wicker
Inverse is my second book of poetry, published a few years ago by Arima Press in the UK. It’s an eclectic mix of metaphysical, nature and personal poetry, the latter centring around the illness (Alzheimers) and eventual death of my mother.
Sing to Me of My Rights by Henry Howard
A volume of human rights poetry, reflecting many of the subjects and issues dearest to me as an activist and person of conscience. The book is divided into themes of peace and justice, with a relevant photo to introduce each section.
Steaming A Head by F.J. Bergmann
A chapbook of weird poems, all published in literary magazines that should have known better.
Thirteen Love Poems and Twelve Songs of Despair by Beate Sigriddaughter
Poems of a woman loving a man in a patriarchally challenged world.
The Vast Unknowing by Nancy Shiffrin
Poems of a woman’s creative life, nature, neighborhood, love, genocide, Romania, 9/11 and more.
The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre by Marie Lecrivain
An abecedarian alchemical chapbook of poems and B & W photographs.
What Trees Know by Sandra Soli
Sandy’s second poetry chapbook, winner of an Oklahoma Book Award. Beautifully produced with gold leaf-detailed cover, this book is for collectors who savor both poems and design elements.
Where Spaces Glow by Christine Tipper
This poetry collection is a French-English bilingual edition of Canadian poet, Francis Catalano’s, poetry translated by Christine Tipper. Catalano’s poetry speaks of space, place and people. Geographical, geological, geometrical and ancestral textures create powerful North American landscapes. Feel the finely chiseled pieces of Catalano’s beautifully crafted poetic jigsaw.
Who Are We Then? by Ed Werstein
The poems in this book show us a society dividing further into haves and have nots. Ed’s thoughtful words, strong images and insightful questions step down off the soapbox and march with much music and gravity. –excerpt from review by Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate.(from Partisan Press)
Who Asks the Caterpillar? by Jeanne Ellin
Subjects as diverse as Turkey sandwiches day time chat shows and Hindu and Greek mythology are used to explore Anglo Indian Ellin’s sense of Indian identity. ‘Bone deep an elephant’s child’ @Home is a land whose texture my feet have forgotten’