Next Time Down

By Rick Lupert


Next time down
we’ll park the lawnmower on the other side of the mountain
we’ll mail celery to Aruba
we’ll write poems about writing poems, about writing poems

Next time down
everyone will get a free pen
everyone will get a free shirt
everyone will get a free willy

Next time down
this will all be recorded for our posterity
this will all be digitized for maximum flexibility
this will all be lost in the mail when
            the only copy is en route to the maker
                        the editor
                        the jester
                        the barber
                        the dog

Next time down
I will publish my novel on a grain of rice
I will exist solely on a diet consisting of
            novels written on grains of rice
I will make crayon drawings of the private thoughts
            of Condaleeza Rice

Next time down
there will only be poems about writing poems,
about writing poems
about writing poems
There will only be poems
We will not speak of these poems again.

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RICK LUPERT has been involved with poetry in Los Angeles since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Slade Award, and the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award, a 3 time Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a Best of the Net nominee. He served as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for 2 years, and created Poetry Super Highway. Rick hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. His spoken word album "Rick Lupert Live and Dead" featured 25 studio and live tracks. He’s authored 23 collections of poetry, including “Hunka Hunka Howdee!” and “God Wrestler” (Rothco Press) and edited the anthologies “A Poet’s Siddur”, “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” and writes the poetry column “From the Lupertverse” for He has been lucky enough to read his poetry all over the world.

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