Why am I a poet?

I’m a poet because I don’t like to talk shit!
I’m a poet because I like better to spit
jewels and paint!

I’m a poet because being the cause for you listening
makes my soul come out of the water glistening and when
you try to judge the ways I walk in the realms of my head –
I jump back and dive.
Because I’m sensitive like poetry’s cliché
and I’m tender like old lace
breaking soon
the news to you:

I’m a poet!

that’s what I should do.

© Franziska Ruprecht

More of this and other poems are about to come out in BODY TAG, my collection of English poems!

“…your aesthetic agenda is one that is dear to my own heart; I’m a sucker for your brand of immersive, democratic, intimately pyrotechnic verse. Stirring what’s concealed, obscuring to reveal, these poems split the atom with an intensely personalized and challengingly obfuscated vision of nature. That your voice is distinctive and playful and ecstatic enough to keep this style interesting over the course of a large body of poems is a credit to your instincts and superior taste in lapidary pine tar incidents.”

Doc Waffles, Detroit rapper, USA


March 2018

Gedicht “Warum” in net anthology of DAS GEDICHT 25, Eds. Anton G.Leitner and José F.A.Oliver, Weßling, Germany

August 2017

Poem “Sprechgesang auf München” in „Acht Kurzgeschichten – Kunst im Viehhof“, Ed. A.U.G.E., supported by the city of Munich, Germany

April 2017

Poem “Saving Water, and stuff” in Wayne Literary Review 2017, Eds. Megha Krishnan, Natalie Steenbergh, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, USA

January 2017

Poems “Until Silence”, “Body Tag”, “Drowning”, and “WhyamIapoet” in Open Resistance – Issue Seven, Eds. Other Rooms Press, Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York, USA

October 2016

Poem “Bild” in anthology “Ausgewählte Werke XIX”, Ed. Bibliothek deutschsprachiger Gedichte, Realis Verlag, Gräfelfing, Germany

October 2016

Poems “Money”, “Elfe”, and “Heldin” in Schamrock Webanthology, on occasion of my performances at the 3.International Festival of Female Poets, Ed. Augusta Laar, Munich, Germany

October 2016

Poems “Duet on a Rope”, “Delicate Strings”, and ““Boy you turn me””
in Occasional Roughage, Issue No.14, Eds. Michael Whalen and Ed Go, Other Rooms Press, Brooklyn, New York, USA

April 2016

Poem “How Nancy grew into a man.” in anthology
di-vêrsé-city, Eds. Austin Poets International, Texas, USA

March 2016

Poem “Meer-Maid” with song to accompany your reading on mermaidmania.de, the biggest German website about mermaids

February 2016

Poem “Conqueress” in HARTS & Minds, academic Journal, Bristol, UK

January 2016

2nd edition “Meer-Maid”, Poems (in German), Wolfbach Verlag, 140 pages, Zurich, Switzerland

July 2015

Poem “Bild” in Lyrikgarten, Weßling, Germany

June 2015

Poem “Es dauert.” in LiteraturSeiten Munich, literary newspaper, Munich, Germany

March 2015

Poem “Es geht nicht anders” in Haidhauser Nachrichten, local newspaper, Munich, Germany

January 2015

Meer-Maid”, Poems (in German), Wolfbach Verlag, 140 pages, Zurich, Switzerland

April 2014

Poem “Es geht nicht anders” in Paul Klinger Report, Das Jubelheft!, anniversary issue of a magazine for professional German artists

October 2013

Song lyrics/poems “Unterkatze” and “Sprechgesang auf München” in Wendepunk.t, a magazine for a new time, Verlag Christoph Dürr, Munich, Germany

January 2013

Wendepunk.t, a magazine for a new time, editor, Munich: Verlag Christoph Dürr, Munich, Germany


Poem “Family Periodical”, multiauthorship in Wayne State Literary Review, ed. Joel Levise, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, USA

Winter 2006

Poem “Schillerfish” (in German and English Translation) in Wayne State Literary Review, ed. Joel Levise, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, USA

November 2004

Poems “Disco chanting”, “Yo, Immanuel” in anthology Bühnenpoeten, ed. Eduard Maier, Edition Glasperle, Karlsruhe, Germany

September 2004

Poem “Sprechgesang auf München” in anthology Planet Slam 2, eds. Bylanzky, Ko and Rayl Patzak, yedermann Verlag, Munich, Germany

September 2004

Poem “Firewire” in anthology Vokalpatrioten, ed. Lydia Daher, U-Boot Verlag, Augsburg, Germany

April 2004

Poems/song lyrics “Mädchenfrau”, “Hey Zucker”, “Ich hab von nem Verstärker geträumt”, “!!!DIRTGRRRLS!!!”, “Disco Chanting”, “Yo Immanuel”, “Kitka Trilingual”, “Soul rests…”, “The Godess of…” in own chapbook, Schwabing, Germany

June 7th 2003

Poem “Overcast” in Süddeutsche Zeitung, major South German newspaper, Munich, Germany

January 2003

poems “Catalyst”, “Blikkontakt“, “blink again!”, “overcast” in strucklit, poetry webzine, eds. performance collective coLLide

January 2002

Poems “FLOW”, “To defined Shapes”, “Past, media, & me” in Chapbook collide, with, among others: Katie McGowan, Ben Ness, and Abbas ali Bazzi, Detroit, USA