the poetry that matters



poetry that's off the main road 


Celebrating the innovative, the non-conforming, the radical, the alternative, 
the avant-garde, the non-linear, the abstract, the experimental.



Sadly, ditch, poetry magazine is closed to submissions.

The magazine ran from August 2007 to January 2014. During that time, ditch, published some of the most innovative, exciting, stirring, thought-provoking and spine-tingly delicious contemporary poetry in English.

ditch, also published a series of poetry chapbooks under the Trainwreck Press imprint; compiled two anthologies of innovative Canadian poetry and added a third edited by Amanda Earl; created a special page on Canadian poet David UU; posted a commemorative page for Canadian poet Robert Chrysler; featured a page dedicated to women writers; and hosted a series of interviews conducted by Dr. Kane X. Faucher. Some of these features have been removed in order to downsize the magazine to fit the new format.

The magazine was forced to close due to technical issues with the website.

The editors would like to thank everyone who contributed to the magazine and helped make it great, and everyone who read it, linked to it, and promoted it in order to help the writers find the recognition they deserve. Thank you all.

 May 10, 2014


Update: Trainwreck Press reopened in November, 2019, at www.trainwreckpress.com publishing chapbooks of experimental poetry! 

Dec 10, 2019 

A Note to Readers:

Although the magazine is closed, the material on the website is still under copyright © and cannot by copied, reposted or reproduced in print, mechanical or electronic formats (including video and audio) without the permission of the author or copyright holder.

Thank you for respecting the rights of the authors.

Contributors' Rights:

As the magazine is now closed, all rights revert to the individual authors or copyright holders.

Authors are free to republish their own work posted to the ditch, website in print or electronic formats without obtaining permission from the editors of ditch,.

Any authors wishing to have their work removed from the website should contact the editors at:


ditchpoetry (at) gmail (dot) com (the email address ditch@ditchpoetry.com is no longer active).