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  November 2004
volume 2 number 4
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  Matthew A. Barraza
  Tom Berman
  Jack G. Bowman
  Quiana Briggs
  Tony Bush
  Joseph Camhi
  Velene Campbell
  Michael Ceraolo
  Rosemarie Crisafi
  Dan Danila
  Francisco Dominguez
  John Feins
  Daniel Garcia-Black
  Ursula T. Gibson
  Larry Jaffe
  Donna Kuhn
  Marie Lecrivain
  Sharmagne Leland-St. John
  Laura A. Lionello
  Harold Lorin
  Rick Lupert
  Stosh Machek
  Kelly Ann Malone
  Terry McCarty
  Tim Peeler
  James Pinkerton
  Beverly J. Raffaele
  E.W. Richardson
  Ken Scott
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Rev. Dave Wheeler
  Robert D. Wilson
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Rick Lupert
November 2004



    Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert created the Poetry Super Highway ( ) and hosted the Cobalt Cafe weekly reading for almost 21 years. He’s authored 22 collections of poetry, most recently Beautiful Mistakes and God Wrestler: a Poem for Every Torah Portion and edited the anthologies A Poet’s Siddur, Ekphrastia Gone Wild, A Poet’s Haggadah, and The Night Goes on All Night. He writes the Jewish Poetry Blog “From the Lupertverse” for, and the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” with fellow Los Angeles poet Brendan Constantine. He’s widely published and reads his poetry wherever they let him.
Poetry Super Highway




Those other twenty-nine days

when the moon taunts you

sometimes just a sliver

those twenty-nine days

when you're not on all fours

with flesh in your mouth

when you're not a monster

Do you make friends with the people

see their movies

Talk with them in public like

you think you're people

How about a human girlfriend

Does she wonder

what happens to you that one night

Are you two in sync

Every time there's a full moon

it's her time of the month

doesn't even come over

Never notices the missing clothes

the dirt on your fingers

the guilt in your eyes

Do you eat salads at restaurants

baby greens with a pleasant gorgonzola

For godsakes, how do you pay for it all?

Employment? You?

What if your boss needs you to work that one night?

There's no one else

What do you do?

He's got a file on you

reads the news

One day, when the moon is big

he'll put it all together

point his human finger at you

Can you already taste this?

Just before the fear takes him

before you open your mouth

he'll get on his knees

beg you

make him live forever

copyright 2004 Rick Lupert