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Rick Lupert On Poetry Super HWY 101

April 7, 2015
It’s National Poetry Month!
Which means it’s time to get YOUR POETRY ON! And no better time than this Thurs. April 9, 2015 at 7:30pm, when Los Angeleno poet and long time Cobalt Cafe host Rick Lupert features at  the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room located at 651 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001 (across from Winchesters; free parking behind the library.) Regular host Phil Taggart has stepped away from the podium leaving it in the capable hands of poet Dane Baylis. Open mic follows the featured reading; get there at 7:15pm to sign-up.
Rick Lupert is a performance spoken word poet who is often hilarious; other times he’s just plain funny. I’ve invited him to read in Ventura and  and he’s invited me to read at the Cobalt so I’ve heard him a few times. The author of many (16!?!)  poetry collections, he’s also active with posting video poems on his youtube channel. Rick’s five free e-books are To Hell With Rick Lupert (Ain’t Got No Press, May, 2006), The Rick Lupert Fun Club (Ain’t Got No Press, May, 2007), On My Eventual Death (Ain’t Got No Press, May 2009) , Today We Bombed the Moon (Ain’t Got No Press, May 2010) and Rules for Poetry (Ain’t Got No Press, May 2011. (Click on the titles to download them for free.) Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets. Read on for more examples of Rick’s poetry.
    RULES FOR POETRY by Rick Lupert

Never use adjectives

unless you’re trying to describe something

and you don’t want to do it the hard way.
Never use the word “forever.”

It reminds people they’re going to die

and the last thing you need is people distracted

by their mortality during your poem.
Write what you know

unless you’re a fool, in which case

look to the internet, and write about something there.
Avoid vowels

and their angry sister

the letter Y.
Avoid cliché.

On the other hand…
Learn the difference between


epigrams and

Use as few words as possible.

In fact, hand out blank sheets of paper

and tell people it’s your finest work.
If you ever use the phrase “darkness in my soul”

be prepared for me to come to your house

and kill you.
If you’re going to write in form, do it right.

For example, as I understand it, a haiku

is eight hundred words written while

sitting on a cheesecake.
Line breaks are important,

but use them carefully. Once you’ve broken a line

its parents will never forgive you.
Finally, go to poetry workshops.

Sometimes they serve food and

you can’t write poetry if you’re dead

because you forgot to eat.
Here’s another video by Rick for his poem “For Dracula” which brought Team Transylvania to a victory in the 2015 Fantasy Poetry Slam. View other entries in this year’s contest here.
Future EP Foster Thursday Night Featured Readers include:
April 16         Angel Garcia and Sara Borjas
April  23        Stan Brown’s birthday reading
May 6          Christine Kravetz
May 14        Lisa Sewell and Andrea Carter Brown
May 21        Amy Uyematsu
If my students attend the feature and the open mic, and write about it, they can receive extra credit or make up an absence.


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  1. April 7, 2015 11:28 pm

    Reblogged this on whisper down the write alley and commented:

    “Rules for Poetry” a poem by Rick Lupert who reads in Ventura Th. April 9, 2015 7:30pm.

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