Dr. Andy Jones of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour, which broadcasts out of KDVS in Davis, California was nice enough to have me on his show for a full hour talking about my new books, poetry, and how it all intersects with technology. I even read a few poems! Listen to the full interview:
Thanks a million times to Silver Birch Press for publishing my poem “The Last Year of the Rest of My Life” written for their “Me, at 17” project. (And please enjoy my senior high school yearbook photo.) Check it out here.
Donut Famine: Poems written in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana
“…a poet at the height of his powers. Lupert further refines his singular travelogue style with a delicate balance of reportage, recollection, and lyric introspection. More than an anthology of latest work, Rick Lupert has given us something rare: a complete experience. All aboard.”
~ Brendan Constantine, author of ‘Dementia, My Darling’
“As someone who has been living in New Orleans for ten weeks now, I can say with unwavering conviction that master wordsmith Rick Lupert came to New Orleans, wrote these poems here, and avoided arrest throughout his visit. “
~ Jonathan Penton, Editor of ‘Unlikely Stories’
Rick Lupert’s 20th collection of poetry and latest travelogue installation takes him to Louisiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where you could peel the weather off you with a butter knife, if you had time to think about that amidst the food, jazz, voodoo, and seamless blending of cultures. Have a cocktail every night with Rick (it’s where they were invented) as you make your way through the bayou with his signature style of humor and awe.
Romancing the Blarney Stone: Poems written in and on the way to and from Ireland
“Funny, observant and comforting, “Romancing the Blarney Stone” is a fine read from one of my favorite poets.”
~ Amber Tamblyn, Author + Actress
“I saw my own country through the culture-shocked eyes of a stranger who clearly loved it as much as it clearly confused him too. A really great, funny, and perceptive verse cycle by a true poet. “
~ Rodney Orpheus, Irish Author + Musician
“…a detailed, humorous tour of Ireland, full of blarney, a little stoned (various quantities of fine Irish whiskey are consumed), and always entertaining. “
~ G. Murray Thomas, Poet + Editor Next… Poetry Calendar
Visit Ireland with Rick Lupert, and his wife, in this, his 19th collection of poetry written on the Irish Ireland nation, where the color green was invented, where the north and south are still struggling with a seventeenth century conflict. Sample Irish whiskey and cheese. Try to out-nice the locals…and walk the same streets where so many of the world’s most essential writers cut their teeth. There’s a stone to kiss. Are you in?
“…a work that’s underpinned by a depth and decency you don’t see very often in this world, let alone in a book that will make you laugh out loud.”
~ Daniel McGinn, Author “1000 Black Umbrellas”, Write Bloody Publishing
Rick Lupert’s 18th book, and latest in his poetry-travelogue series, takes him through the gorgeous north-east where everybody in Vermont gets a free hug and no-one in Hartford Connecticut believes he and his wife are vacationing there. Join Rick on this poetic adventure along with stops in Waterbury, Vermont (where so many free food samples are given) and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where Norman Rockwell is still very much alive.
Wow…my new e-book, “Armpits of the Holy”, was downloaded 138 times in the Poetry Super Highway e-book Free-For-All. Sorry if ya missed it, but join my email list using the form to the right and get yourself a free copy. (Rumor has it if you join my email list you’ll also get a free copy of my previous e-book “Don’t Blame Canada” too.)
Thanks to the poetry super heroes at Silver Birch press for publishing my poem “Vive le Chapeau!” in their “Me in a Hat” series. (This poem was written for this project!) Check out the poem (and a larger version of me in the beret from 1995) here.
Delighted to have a short poem published in the “Over the Moon: Birds Beasts, and Trees” issue of Poemeleon. This issue is all poetry responding to the photography of Beth Moon. My poem is after her photograph Ankor Passage. Check it out here. (3rd poem down) And Beth’s amazing photograph here.
Beyond excited to have my poem “It’s a Wonderful Life” published in Cultural Weekly. Thanks to CW poetry editor Alexis Rhone Fancher for publishing it (and for taking the author photo!) Read the poem here:
Thanks to Gwendolyn K. Billings for publishing this sweet review of my most recent book Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman in the Topanga Messenger! (Along with books by Jean Colonomos and Millicent Accardi – so cool to be in their company!) Check out the review here, and read a few poems (and dare I say get yourself a copy) here.
My poems “Somewhere Over Canada” and “Show Yourself Dublin” from my forthcoming book “Romancing the Blarney Stone” just got published on Sappho’s Torque, poet Angélique Jamail’s blog. Click here to read it and thanks Angélique!
I’m excited to announce the release of my first spoken word album! 23 tracks of poetry including 13 studio recordings, 8 live tracks, a “Fake” live track and an afterthought! (Not to mention special appearances from the entire Constantine family!) it will be like you were there!
Click here to sample tracks and get your own CD or digital copy!
Excited to report my poem “I’ve Been Looking Into Hats and I Don’t Like What I See” was just published by Silver Birch Press as part of their “My Mane Memories” series. Thanks SBP! Check it out here: (along with a picture of me from 1983.)
Thanks so much to the Nervous Breakdown and Rich Ferguson for inviting me to do a “Self Interview”. It was an interesting experience and I almost walked out on myself self several times. Read the self-interview here, and see the poem “Next Time Down” which they published along with it here.
Excited to report my spoken word track “On My Eventual Death” just got featured as part of the swan-song series on the IndieFeed performance poetry podcast. (Thanks Mongo!) This poem is for anyone who is ever going to die and appears in Rick Lupert’s book “Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman“. Take a listen:
Was thrilled to have the chance to read lots of poetry from “Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman” on the “Why Poetry” radio show hosted by Paul Lieber on Los Angeles radio station KPFK. Check out the whole show below. (And get yourself a copy of the book here!)
My poem “News of a Strange Thing” written for Brendan Constantine as featured on the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Podcast (May 2015). This poem is from my new Rothco Press book “Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman: Poems 1998-2015”. Check out more poetry from the book here.
Rick Lupert’s seventeenth poetry collection, Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman (Rothco Press, May 2015), is the long awaited follow up to, and first collection of Lupert’s selected works since, 1997’s I am My Own Orange County. Lupert’s poetry exists at the intersections of the wise and the ridiculous, the spectacular and the mundane. The humor and deeper themes throughout his work will win over the generations of people who’ve come to regard poetry as an inaccessible literary art. These poems, written over the last two decades, have been widely published in dozens of journals, zines, and anthologies from all over the world. They’re rooted in the every day Los Angeles experience and take you through fatherhood, traffic, love, death, and the inevitable experience of finding a wrapped sausage on the sidewalk. You’ll learn how to kiss, you’ll meet the cutest leaf in the world, you’ll say goodbye to Pete Seeger and Robin Williams, you may even relive your own childhood. Get ready to Make Love to the Fifty Ft. Woman. Don’t wear anything complicated.
Happy to report my poem for Leonard Nimoy “My Ears Point Towards The Stars” was just published in the latest issue of FreezeRay. Check it out here: http://www.freezeraypoetry.com/rick-lupert.html – Lots of other cool stuff in this issue too. Thanks FreezeRay!
I’m awfully excited to have 2 new poems published in American Mustard Volume 2! This is a unique publication that doesn’t include the author’s names until the end of the manuscript…so you can read the whole thing as intended in order, or skip to the end (you naughty cheaters) to see who wrote what. Check out my work, along with a great roster of other poets I’m proud to be listed with here: (And thanks American Mustard for including me!)
Check out this sweet review of my collaborative performance with Dan Nichols at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, California on the JewishJournal.com website HERE Thanks Susan Esther Barnes for writing it!
Thanks to the good folks at Yay!LA who just published 2 new poems of mine written this past summer. They are from a forthcoming collection called “Professor Clown on Parade” coming out probably in 2015. Check ’em out and thanks Yay!LA! Check ’em out HERE.
Check out “The Gettysburg Undress, Undressed”, my conversation with Brendan Constantine about my new book “The Gettysburg Undress. We delve into poems from the book, the craft of poetry, plenty of humor and what it’s like to write poetry in the bathrooms of famous buildings. Check out the entire 70 minute conversation in the player to the left.
My new spoken word track “A Poem of Thanks” was just published as part of Craig Taubman’s latest digital music compilation “Thanksgiving: Stick A Fork In It, Songs of Thanks and Gratitude.” Very excited to be included here with a long roster of amazing artists. Check out the poem HERE.
Thanks so much to Marie Lecrivain of Poetic Diversity for publishing 2 new poems of mine in the November 2014 issue! Both of these new pieces were written in Burlington, Vermont while visiting there this past July, and will be included in the forthcoming collection “Professor Clown on Parade, including the piece “The Summit of Los Angeles Poets That Did Not Happen” for Daniel McGinn. There’s a slew of great poets I’m honored to be on the same electronic pages with…check ’em all out here.
The Gettysburg Undress: Poems from Gettysburg, PA, Washington, DC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD., and environs
“Rick Lupert’s The Gettysberg Undress is a delightful romp through the museums and tourist attractions of the mid-Atlantic States. I found it more believable than Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie. His wife, Addie, is a more interesting personality by far than a poodle. His observations are written in a minimalist style which is a cross between Basho and Brautigan. Each poem is a tiny masterpiece. Some poems, like “Animal Hospital,” strike a ghostly chord. His humor is inclusive, making the reader part of the mission – to bring the fun back to poetry by entertaining the heck out of you, plus making you think about the world.”
~ Hal Sirowitz, former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York, Author “Mother Said”
I’m very excited to have joined the Rothco Press family with the very first title in their Caffeine Poetry Series, and my sixteenth collection of poetry, written on location while traveling through the sites, museums and restaurants of the cradle of the Civil War.
Excited to have my first spoken word track published…my piece “The Eating of the Jews” is a bonus track on the new “Jewels Vol. IV: High Holy Days Music Sampler” produced by Craig Taubman as part of the annual Jewels of Elul Project. There are so many great artists on this collection and I couldn’t be happier to be standing in this virtual room with them. Download the whole recording here: http://cl.ly/XAvt (or whatever individual tracks strike your fancy…I hope one of those is mine!) Happy almost Elul! Click here to check out the collection.
Thanks very much to the good folks at The Bicycle Review for including 2 new poems of mine in their latest issue which you can check out embedded below. The entire issue is well worth reading and I’m very excited to be included on its virtual pages with the entire roster. If you’re looking for my poems you’ll find them on pages 39 and 66. Both are brand new, and will appear in a forthcoming collection called “Professor Clown on Parade”. Thanks Bicycle Review!
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles just published a poem I wrote to honor the final Friday Night Live service led by Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman. Thanks Craig for asking me to write this and for giving me the space to read it last Friday night! Check out the text here…and the full article about this last Friday Night Live with Rabbi Wolpe and Craig here.
Whoa, thanks to Yay L.A. Magazine for publishing 2 more new poems of mine! “Familial Costume” about the adventures of dressing up as your spouse, along with “I Don’t Want to Go Long” (a tribute to those of us who think that before we get up to do our time at the microphone.) Thanks Yay LA! (and check out all the other cool stuff there!!) L.A.!! Check ’em out here.
Thanks to the folks at Yay L.A. Magazine for publishing my poem “Earthquake Poem” today along with a cool photo by Yang Yi. I wrote this a couple of months ago after my friend Zach Singer sent me an “emergency” request to write a poem about the 20th Anniversary of the Northridge Earthquake…which occurred a couple of days before the first Tuesday night open reading at the Cobalt Cobalt Cafe. (Just a month or so before I started hosting that weekly event in 1994.) Thanks Yay L.A.! Check out the poem here.
Thanks to Cyrus Webb for including my most recent book “Nothing in New England is New” on his list of “Top 50 Non-Fiction Titles of 2013.” Cyrus reads hundreds of books every year and interviews their authors (and other media personalities) on his Conversations LIVE! program on BlogTalkRadio so it’s quite an honor to be included on this list.
Check out the full list HERE. Listen to my interview on Conversations LIVE! HERE, and check out my book “Nothing in New England is New” HERE.
Thanks to Matt Gottesman for inviting me to be on his radio show “Speakeasy” hosted at Los Angeles Pierce College’s radio station KPCRadio.com. We spoke about the history of the Cobalt Cafe reading I’ve hosted since 1994 as well as the Poetry Super Highway website and I even got to read a couple of poems.
London-based Moishe-House selected my poem “Here I Am” for there weekly creative parashat ha shavuah email for the Torah portion “Vayera”. Thanks to Moishe house for including poetry in their weekly email! Check out the poem in the video:
If you’re interested, here’s the full text of the poem: Here I Am.PDF
My poem-video “The Eating of the Jews” (A Jewish poem sort of about Rosh Hashanah and a lot about eating food) just got published in issue 61 of Red Fez! Check it out here: http://www.redfez.net/video/45
Wow! Just had this poem published on the daily (during the Hebrew Month of Elul) Jewels of Elul blog. So honored to be on the seriously auspicious roster of people who have been asked to write “Jewels” over the past 9 years. Thanks to Craig Taubman for including me!
Was honored to be interviewed by Cyrus Webb on his radio program “Conversations LIVE” about my newest book “Nothing in New England Is New” on July 30, 2013. Click play below to hear the entire conversation. Thanks so much for having me Cyrus!
I’m thrilled to announce the release of a collection I’ve been working on since November! Ekphrastia Gone Wild: poems inspired by art and edited by Rick Lupert is now available! This anthology of ekphrastic poetry contains the work of 87 poets from all over the world, including nobel prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska, Suzanne Lummis, Brendan Constantine, Gerald Locklin, Laurel Ann Bogen, Robert Wynne and many more. Click here to see the full list of contributors and to get your own copy.
Proud to announce I have a couple of poems published in the August 2013 issue of “Cyclamens and Swords”. It’s a “Birds” themed issue so if you like poetry that’s (err, loosely) for the birds…check it out: http://www.cyclamensandswords.com/poetry_august_2013_5.php (I’m the second poet down on the page.) Thanks so much C and S editors!
My poem-video “Hot Dog Truck” (A militant vegetarian poem from a non-militant vegetarian just got picked up by Red Fez. So thrilled to have another piece in Red Fez! Check it out here: http://www.redfez.net/video/40
Nothing in New England is New: The Poet’s Experiences in New England, America
“Rick Lupert is a writer’s chef. He used to be a writer’s writer. Tomorrow he could be dead. You will be pleased at the way he masterfully sees something and then somehow manages to find a piece of paper and then write down something that is in no way reflective of what he truly saw. He is like a liar and a simile. If you want to laugh, there’s this book or anything on NBC pre-1986.”
~ Derrick Brown
Listen to the online publication broadcast HERE in which Jaimes Palacio and I spoke about Nothing in New England is New, poems we’re read and travel tips shared. Click here to hear it!
Nothing in New England is New is Rick Lupert’s 15th collection of poetry and latest in his poetic travelogue series. This edition takes you through such exotic American locations as Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Salem, Boston and Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Providence Rhode Island where they set the river on fire. Ride with Lupert’s trademark wit down the highways of New England. Unexpected turns will be taken, Ekphrastic Observations will be made. You will laugh. You will question your own underwear. You will want to set your local river on fire. As always, clothing is optional. (200 Pages, Ain’t Got No Press, March 2013)
Friends, neighbors, country people, outside of country people – Proud to have my poem “My Two Sams” appear in the just-released-today (March, 13, 2013) 10th anniversary issue of Red Fez! Check it out here: http://www.redfez.net/poetry/1783
I have 4, count ’em 4 poems in the new (launched today!) anthology “Men in the Company of Women“. Check out the new book (evocatively subtitled “An anthology of Praise & Persusasion”) here. Here’s a video of me reading a couple of the poems from the book:
Thrilled and honored to have my poem “I Was At Sinai” published in the Winter 2013 issue of the CCAR Journal “The Reform Jewish Quarterly!” I originally wrote this piece by request of the staff at Hava Nashira, the Jewish music educators retreat I attend every year to read during a Shabbat morning service. Here the recording of me reading at that event below:
Honored to have been interviewed for the launch of the new Lummox Annual journal edited by RD Armstrong. It’s an epic issue with poems from over 200 poets as well as an interview with Next… Magazine’s G. Murray Thomas. I whole heartedly encourage supporting Lummox press by picking up a copy of this! (And it’s the only place to read the interview with me.) Get your copy of the annual here.
I’m delighted to have 2 poems included in the new Sybaritic Press anthology “Alternate Lanes” which features many Southern California poets waxing prose and poetically about transportation in Los Angeles. Check out the book HERE.
Super excited to be included in the IndieFeed Performance Poetry series podcast with my poem “Postcard to Myself, Syracuse, New York, 1979” and a brief interview with Write Bloody Publishing’s Daniel Joseph Lisi! Click the link to listen and thanks Daniel for asking me to do this!
Check out my interview on the August 22, 2012 edition of The Poet’s Cafe on KPFK (Los Angeles Radio) hosted by Orange County poet Jaimes Palacio. I read a few poems and tried to maintain my dignity while answering Jaimes’ questions. It was a hoot! Thanks for having me Jaimes!
Had a great conversation with Brendan Constantine about our new books. His new, third collection is “Calamity Joe” (Red Hen Press, 2012) and we spoke about the through lines in his new book and mine. (“Death of a Mauve Bat“). Click the player to hear the archived edition.
Check out this interview with me by Jessica Houston on her show “An Affirming Flame” on the World Wide Word Radio Network. We had a great time talking about all things Canadian, generally revolving around my recent two books “Sinzibuckwud!” (written in Montreal) and “Death of a Mauve Bat” (Written in Toronto.) Thanks for the great conversation Jessica!
Death of a Mauve Bat: The Poet’s Experiences in, and on the way to and from, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“I know of no other poet able to establish intimacy with the reader as fast as Lupert. If this is your first experience of his work, I urge you to receive him as you would any friend of a friend.”
~ Brendan Constantine
Rick Lupert’s brings you back to the hidden Canada in the follow up to his 2011 collection, Sinzibuckwud! written in Montreal, Death of a Mauve Bat steers you through Toronto and Niagara Falls with Lupert’s one of a kind satirical filter. You’ll learn Toronto like no-one ever should. You’ll climb an unfinished castle, drink a blue drink, mosey in and out of the requisite museums and wonder at the ekphrastic glories that are revealed. You’ll wander the streets in search of vegetarian hot dogs and stand in the lights which illuminated the most famous funnytarians of our time. Throw away your guidebook, bring this instead. (okay, maybe bring both.) This is travelogue poetry for the 21st century. (160 Pages, Ain’t Got No Press, January 2012)
Just released from Ain’t Got No Press is “The Night Goes On All Night”…an anthology of noir-inspired poems, edited by Rick Lupert and published in conjunction with the Los Angeles Poetry Festival’s “Night and the City” Noir Festival. This collection contains work from 24 poets exploring their own noir-de-vivre with humor, grit, nostalgia, and the requisite fedora. Including an introductory note about “noir” from Los Angeles Poetry Festival director Suzanne Lummis.
I’m pleased as punch (haha, what does that even mean?) to report that my poem “How to be a Zombie” was just published in the new Write Bloody book “Aim For The Head”, an anthology of Zombie Poetry edited by Rob Sturma! Check it out here.
Turns out my poem “Rules for Poetry” just earned a finalist spot in the 10th annual Wergle Flomp humor poetry contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Very excited to have earned a spot in this small group in a contest that attracted over 2300 entries! Check out the poem, and all the other winners and finalists here. (Rules for Poetry originally appeared in Rattle #33, “Summer 2010 Tribute to Humor” and also appears in my free e-book of the same name. Thanks Winning Writers!
Thanks so much to Apryl Skies for this awesome feature of me on the Examiner website HERE. Also check out the full interview HERE and this additional link to another poem she published along with my bio HERE. Thanks Apryl!
Download my new, free e-book “Rules For Poetry” (May, 2011). It contains 16 new poems from 2010/2011 including the title piece which originally appeared in Rattle Magazine’s tribute to humor. This is my fifth free e-book.
Rick Lupert’s 13th collection of poetry, written during a week-long adventure in, and on the way to and from, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rivers are crossed, food is eaten, French is spoken, art is looked at…and it is all disassembled with Lupert’s characteristic wit. This poetic travelogue is a must for fans of Lupert’s work and anyone who is considering travelling to Montreal…or who has ever been…or who has ever heard the word “Montreal.” Sinzibuckwud is the native Canadian word for “Drawn from Wood”…as in maple syrup. Sweetness is also drawn from these poems…Sugar off with Lupert. (106 Pages, Ain’t Got No Press, December 2010)
I was thrilled to be featured on 2011’s first “Pause for Poetry on the LA Examiner website. It’s a nice profile that highlights the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading, points to a video of me reading and mentions the upcoming publication reading for my new poetry collection “Sinzibuckwud!”
Audio and video from the poems Trout Fishing in Los Angeles, Things Brendan Constantine’s Mother Can Say to Me and Coffee is Not a Drink for Pussies was published on Unlikely 2.0 in February of 2009: http://www.unlikelystories.org/lupert0209.shtml
The poems Things I Saw in Echo Park While Waiting for Little Joy to Open, The Entire History of the San Fernando Valley, and Why I Like Living in Los Angeles (Because Everyone Always Asks) we’re published in the anthology The Good Things About America, January 2009 from Write Bloody Press: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/098214881X/poetrysuperhighw