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"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
~Khalil Gibran
In addition to it being National Poetry Month, we have just entered the beautiful season of  Spring, the season which c onnotes  new beginnings. Flowering plants bloom and animals come out of hibernation. The earth seems to transform and come alive again as crops are planted; the days get longer, and temperatures rise.

Transformation is synonymous with Spring as it can be seen  as a time of growth, renewal, and a season to cultivate a new sense of self. It is a time to transform and awaken to the wonders of the world, whether through creativity such as poetry, de-cluttering our lives--both physically and mentally--or by removing toxic thoughts, memories, resentments and individuals from our lives. What better time to start than now?


The Gettysburg Undress is Rick Lupert's 16th poetry collection, each one paying homage to an annual family vacation. If you're unfamiliar with Rick or Rick's poetry, you must have a boring life. I first met Rick at an erotic poetry reading in Ventura, CA where we both read a poem. Not a lot of erotic poetry is funny, but the audience was howling during his reading of, "Making Love to the 50 Foot Woman."

As an icon of the Los Angeles poetry scene and the creator and maintainer of Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets, Rick's poetry will make you howl and ponder at the same time-- the poems are either told with a keen sense of humor or offer universal feelings about daily encounters. For example, his poem "Butztown," goes like this, "I wonder if it's okay to remove my pants / after passing the sign that says / Welcome to Butztown / or am I just pronouncing it wrong. "

Short, sweet, observatory, poignant and belly-hurting hysterical, would be some of the adjectives to describe Rick's poetry. Probably a good bathroom accompaniment or something to read out loud at a party after everyone drank too much or not enough. Rick's sense of humor is contagious to anyone within a foot of it. Definitely one of those books to be devoured over and over again. Much like having Rick in one's own company, you can't get enough. Highly recommended or why would I mention it? Congrats, Rick!

Thunderbirds is Christine Penko's first poetry 

collection, but poetry has been part of her life for many years. This book contains an accessible collection of poems offering a powerful window into the universal darkness and light we are all familiar with--marriage, children, grandchildren, affairs and aging, always highlighting those closest to us. Christine uses a focused lens on some very real and serious subjects. Written with brevity, depth, and honesty by a woman who understands the feelings we all have, she has the knack of being able to share from a distance, without getting overly tangled up in the drama and emotion of events themselves.


While each poem can easily stand alone, the collection as a whole paints a portrait of woman who has basically seen it all, reaching for a greater understanding through poetry. This poet's voice can be trusted because it shares emotional truths on a variety of human subjects and emotions.


Heraclitus, known as the weeping philosopher, said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice." That sentiment infiltrates many of these poems, providing a foundation for thought and reflection. This collection has a momentum that pulls you in and encourages you to read until the very end, perhaps, like myself, in one sitting. Highly recommended and congratulations, Christine!


March 28, 2015. (poetry reading) " Touch Me: Erotic  Poetry   Reading." Bells Arts Factory Ventura, CA  7 p.m. $10. Hosts: Marsha de la O and Friday Gretchen.  This is not an open mic. $10.

April 1, 2015. (poetry reading) "Spirits in the Air: Poetry and the Liquid  Muse." The Good Lion. Santa Barbara, CA. 6:30-7:30. This is not an open mic. Free.

April 8, 2015. (panel) "Writers Cafe: Writing From Life." Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room. UCSB.  Santa Barbara, CA. 4-5:30 p.m. Facilitated by Chryss Yost and Amy Boutell. Open to the public. 

April 11, 2015 (workshop) " Writing With Lust: Personal Writing for Transformation and Empowerment."   The Open Center New York, NY. 10 a.m. - 5 :30 p.m. $140 members / $150 nonmembers.

April 14, 2015 (workshop) "Writing for Transformation. Practice Mind Body Soul. Roslyn, NY. 12-1:30. $30.

April 17, 2015. (poetry reading) Poetry reading hosted by Diana Raab and Perie Longo. "Poetry of Transformation." 10 poets reading.  Tamsen Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA.  5-6 p.m.  Thank you, Jina Carvahlo and Robert Firestone for offering this amazing venue! This is not an open mic. Free.

May 10, 2015.  (poetry reading)  "Treat Your Mother Right." Mother's Day Special. The Library GirlRiskin Theater, Santa Monica, CA. 7 p.m. $10.

June 18-24, 2015.  (presentation) "Creative Transcendence: Memoir for Transformation and Empowerment." Presentation at the Eurotas Conference (The European Transpersonal Association), Milan, Italy.



"The Empowerment of Baby Boomer Women." Boomer Cafe.  March 9, 2015. 

"Writing: The Shaping of My Life." The Writer's Monthly Review Magazine. April 2015. 

"Confusion." The AIPF di-vêrsé-city Anthology. April 2015.


If there are any subjects you would like me to write about, or special interests you'd like to see discussed, please send me an email.  

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