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: