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  November 2014
volume 11 number 2
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  home   (archived)
  featured poets
  Shawn Aveningo
  William Crawford
  Tresha Faye Haefner
  Alex Johnson
  Rick Lupert
  Holly Magill
  Terry McCarty
  William Mohr
  Jan Steckel
  Julia Stein
  Viola Weinberg
  Terry Wolverton
  John Yamrus
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Rick Lupert November 2014



    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



Breakfast at the Lang House

The couple next to us
discuss the drama of their lives.
They know a lot of liars.

I want to go on
but a small dog has
run into the breakfast room.

They say his name is Willy
but our server is new so she
can't confirm.

I ask if I can
order a cat for tonight.
She's not sure the dogs

will allow it.
I'll talk to them
I tell her.

the people who
know the liars

Have left the building.
The dog their plan
all along.

copyright 2014 Rick Lupert



The Summit of Los Angeles Poets That Did Not Happen

For Daniel McGinn

In the morning
I receive a message from Daniel

from Los Angeles.
He is newly a master of poetry

and has left his wallet
at the Burlington airport.

He was heading home
diploma in hand

fresh supply of one dollar bills
left behind.

There will be no
summit of Los Angeles poets

in Vermont.
I will look for your wallet, Daniel.


Today we are going to
the Ethan Allan Homestead

and a chocolate factory.
If I were your wallet,

that's where I would go.
Sorry we missed you.

copyright 2014 Rick Lupert