Beautiful Mistakes: Poetry from Portland, Seattle, and Twin Peaks

Beautiful Mistakes: Poetry from Portland, Seattle, and Twin Peaks

by Rick Lupert


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Rick Lupert’s 22nd book – a collection of travel poetry written while exploring the Pacific Northwest including stops in Seattle, Washington (where there’s coffee on every corner), Snoqualmie, Washington (better known as Twin Peaks), and Portland, Oregon (where everything is weird and there’s even more coffee on every corner.) Full of Lupert’s signature wit and style, Beautiful Mistakes is part poetry, part humorous travelogue, and all entertaining.

Rick drinks coffee, Rick has conversations with Alexa, Rick searches for owls in the trees, Rick has a Doughnut party in the hotel lobby, Rick politely refrains from including what the homeless person was yelling on the street, Rick dines with friends, and poets, and all is documented in these caffeinated, pie-filled, weird and beautiful poems.

“One of the smartest, funniest poets around.” -Alexis Rhone Fancher, poetry editor, Cultural Weekly, seven-time Pushcart nominee

“One of my favorite poets” -Amber Tamblyn,author and actress

“Rick Lupert is a writer’s chef” - Derrick Brown, poet and publisher, Write Bloody Publishing

“I know of no other poet able to establish intimacy with the audience as fast as Rick Lupert.” - Brendan Constantine, poet, teacher, Red Hen Press and Write Bloody Publishing.

“Rick Lupert is a treasure. His poetry surprises us with a unique perspective that is both tender and wise. In a live environment I find Rick delightfully funny and arrestingly poignant.” - Dan Nichols, Touring Jewish Musician

“Rick has a voice and style of his own. His take on life will show you things you have never seen or imagined before!” - Craig Taubman, Music Pioneer, Community Organizer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945436222
Publisher: Over Easy Media Inc dba Rothco Press
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Two-time Pushcart Prize, and Best of the Net nominee Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990. He was awarded the Beyond Baroque Distinguished Service Award in 2014 for service to the Los Angeles poetry community. He served for two years as a co-director of the non-profit literary organization Valley Contemporary Poets. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Los Angeles Times, Rattle, Chiron Review, Red Fez, Zuzu's Petals, Stirring, The Bicycle Review, Caffeine Magazine, Blue Satellite and others. He edited the anthologies A Poet's Siddur: Shabbat Evening - Liturgy Through the Eyes of Poets, Ekphrastia Gone Wild - Poems Inspired by Art, A Poet's Haggadah: Passover through the Eyes of Poets, and The Night Goes on All Night - Noir Inspired Poetry, and is the author of twenty-two other books: 17 Holy Syllables, God Wrestler: A Poem for Every Torah Portion, (Ain't Got No Press) Donut Famine, Romancing the Blarney Stone, Professor Clown on Parade, Making Love to the 50 Ft. Woman, The Gettysburg Undress (Rothco Press), Nothing in New England is New, Death of a Mauve Bat, Sinzibuckwud!, We Put Things In Our Mouths, Paris: It's The Cheese, I Am My Own Orange County, Mowing Fargo, I'm a Jew. Are You?, Feeding Holy Cats, Stolen Mummies, I'd Like to Bake Your Goods, A Man With No Teeth Serves Us Breakfast (Ain't Got No Press), Lizard King of the Laundromat, Brendan Constantine is My Kind of Town (Inevitable Press) and Up Liberty's Skirt (Cassowary Press), and the spoken word album Rick Lupert Live and Dead (Ain't Got No Press). He hosted the long running Cobalt Café reading series in Canoga Park for almost twenty-one years and has read his poetry all over the world.

Rick created and maintains Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets (, Haikuniverse, a daily online small poem publication (, and writes and occasionally draws the daily web comic Cat and Banana with Brendan Constantine. ( He also writes the weekly Jewish poetry blog From the Lupertverse for

Currently Rick works as a music teacher at synagogues in Southern California and as a graphic and web designer for anyone who would like to help pay his mortgage.

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