Prayer for Front-Line Workers Published at

Thank you for publishing the “Prayer for Front-Line Workers” section of my “Prayer for Infrastructure” poem! This is one part of a poem originally written to collaborate with Ben Pagliaro’s “Sacred Space” show. Read it here.

Of All the Doors I’ve Loved Before Published by Silver Birch Press

Thank you Silver Birch Press for publishing my poem “Of All the Doors I’ve Loved Before” as part of their “My Front Door Series.” I love Silver Birch Press! Read it here.

Reminders for the New Year – A New Rosh Hashanah Poem/Video

Check out my new High Holy Days poem “Reminders for the new Year” in the video below. (And read the text of it online at here.)

3 New Poems Up at Cultural Weekly

Three poems by Rick Lupert up at Cultural Weekly
Thanks so much to Alexis Rhone Fancher, poetry editor at Cultural Weekly, for selecting 3 new poems for publication on their website, 2 never before published, and one from my new book Hunka Hunka Howdee! Check ’em at at Cultural Weekly here.

Hunka Hunka Howdee! Poems written in Memphis, Nashville and Louisville


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Ain’t Got No Press
May 2019
276 Pages
Hunka Hunka Howdee! Poems written in Memphis, Nashville and Louisville

Rick Lupert’s 23rd collection of poems and latest travelogue written on the go in Memphis, Nashville, and Louisville. Two music cities, the birthplace of rock and Roll, Martin Luther King’s final steps and barrels full of bourbon are no escape from Lupert’s keen poetic eye and wit.

“The best of these poems come close enough to being both seductive satire and genuinely sentimental encounters that you will want to linger with their wit…Lupert’s deftly sketched poems will help you keep “one foot each on and off / the beaten path” of skeptical wonder at the world’s on-going peculiarities.”

–Bill Mohr, author of The Headwaters of Nirvana,
and HOLDOUTS: The Los Angeles Poetry Renaissance 1948-1992

“Being a Memphian I was particularly enthralled by how much of my city he captures in his short, beguiling lines. This delightful collection is a trip with such a charming guide you’ll want to take it over and over.”

–Corey Mesler, author of Madstones and Memphis Movie

Click here to read poems from Hunka Hunka Howdee!

Armpits of the Holy – My New Free Poetry E-book

Armpits of the Holy
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.)

“I Am From Ork” – My new FREE Poetry E-book

I Am From Ork - Poetry E-book by Rick Lupert
Check out my latest FREE Poetry E-book “I Am From Ork”, poems written in late 2013-2014 including the title poem for Robin Williams along with other pieces for Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen and more. Download it for free HERE.

Finally “Matzah” get’s it’s own epic poem.

An epic poem about Matzah. Written for Craig Taubman’s “Downtown Seder” at the Pico Union Project, April 2014. If you need the text for any reason here’s a PDF.

New Poem “Vayigash” Chosen by Limmud for Weekly “On One Leg” Project

Thanks so much to Limmud‘s “On One Leg” project for including my new poem “Vayigash” for this week’s Torah Portion  in their weekly emailing! Check out a video of me reading the poem below along with the text here:

How to Kiss


Locate someone other than yourself.
Make sure they have lips.


Find out if the person you’ve located is agreeable to kissing.
You can do this any way you want, except for asking.


Make sure you have your lips with you.
Nothing is more embarrassing than moving to kiss someone
and realizing you’ve left your lips at home or in the car.
Unless you happen to be in the car,
where you can slyly move to adjust the radio,
slapping on your lips during the confusion.


Tell the person their eyes make you want to do gymnastics,
or at least be present where gymnastics are being done.


Touch the hand.
Any Hand.
Not your own hand.


Lean your head forward at a slight angle (such as fifteen degrees)
so your foreheads will connect first
as if you’re attempting a Vulcan mind meld.
If your minds actually begin to meld MILK IT.


Slowly re-angle your head so your lips become parallel with his or hers.
Practice this ahead of time using a protractor.


Allow your lips to make contact with the other lips
Remain completely still for twenty eight minutes
or until you hear an electronic beeping
indicating it is time to move to step nine.
This time may vary depending on political climate
and lip gloss.


Repeat steps five through eight.


Clear your head
so the only thing you can focus on
is a PBS special on the Beaver.


Begin moving your lips in a slow up and down fashion,
varying with left and right motions every fifteen seconds.


Force your tongue through your subject’s lips and teeth.
Fight past their tongue.
Charge forward until you reach the uvula.
Kissing is just an intimate game of Capture the Uvula.


Abandon all tenderness
with reckless nibbling
of anything fleshy you encounter.


You are now kissing.


Imagine life as a Frenchman.