Route 20 Anthology

Introduction


This collection of poems is a paean to route 20.  It’s also a tribute to all blue highways everywhere, the historic roads that let us explore the country and its people at a pace of our own choosing. These roads are the home of the idiosyncratic and marvelous—the people and places that make travel by car such a rewarding choice over other modes of travel.

 

To choose these roads is to declare that the journey is as important as the destination. A genuine road trip involves more than merely driving cross-country fixated on an end point. A genuine  road trip acknowledges that the road itself and the people and places along the way are worthy sources of interest and wonder. The choice always there: Blue highway or Interstate. Big chain motel or independent. You can choose the predictable and know what you’ll get, but you’ll never know what you’re missing.


Charlie Rossiter

Bennington, Vermont



U.S. 20. at a length of 3,365 miles, is the longest road in America, coursing through twelve different states. Starting from Boston, Route 20 traverses the northern third of the country, through a varied American landscape: rolling hills of New York State; mid-America farmland and villages; sprawling, bustling Chicago;  Mississippi and Missouri rivers; Nebraska sandhills; Wyoming plateau country; Yellowstone National Park; lava fields; high desert; Cascade Mountains and finally, the Pacific.


I have made the complete journey from Boston to Newport two times and have spent many hours and traveled many miles on segments of it over the last five decades. It is always an enjoyable drive that continually offers something new to be noticed. If you’re up for a little blue highway trip of your own, Route 20 will not disappoint.


Michael Czarnecki

Wheeler Hill, NY


Contributors


Steve Brightman

Ryan "Lowercase" Buynak

Alan Casline

Tom Corrado

Sylvia Ramos Cruz

Michael Czarnecki

Martha Deed                            

Frank Desiderio

Charlotte Jane Dickens

Sean Thomas Dougherty

Marta Ferguson

Michael C Ford

Mel Goldberg

Beth Hadley

Rasma Haidri

Stephen Haven

Marilyn Shoemaker Hazelton

jennifer hetrick

Juleigh Howard Hobson

Carol H. Jewell

Frank Judge

Marilyn L.T. Klimcho

Deborah P Kolodji

Dave Kuhlmann

Gayle Lauradunn

Dennis Maloney

Elizabeth Marshall

Karla Linn Merrifield


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Mimi Moriarty

Howard Nelson

Loren Niemi

Maril Nowak

Mark W. Ó Brien

Charles A. Paone

Terez Peipins

James Penha

Jonathan Vos Post                                

John Roche

Charles Rossiter

Hannah Rousselot

G E Schwartz

Patricia Roth Schwartz

Peggy Seely

Tom Seely

T. Daniel Seely

Marian Kaplun Shapiro

Jared Smith

Joan E. Stern

Kerry Trautman

David Tilley

Lou Ventura

Sarah Brown Weitzman

Donald Wellman

Dan Wilcox

Kath Abela Wilson

Brenda Yates


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