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    Why buy flowers that fade?
    A sonnet lasts forever!
  • Brief Bio

    Lester Smith is a 2-term past president of the WFOP, a 4-time Origins-winning game designer, and a former JavaScript teacher for the HWG. He works days as a Writer/Technologist for the educational publishing house Sebranek Inc, nights and weekends as president of Popcorn Press.

  • Suggested Reading

    Final Failure: Eyeball to Eyeball
    Cthulhu Haiku II and More Mythos Madness - cover

    Grim Series: poems
    edge of the pond
  • D13 RPG is coming!

  • D6xD6 RPG

    Role-play in your favorite authors' worlds!

  • Fencing Poker Deck

  • Other Card Games…

    Monster Con card game
    Invasion of the Saucer People card game
    Wolf Man's Curse card game
  • Undying Games

    Dark Conspiracy roleplaying game
    now by 3Hombres
    Dragon Dice game
    now by SFR Inc.
  • Cons I’m Attending

  • Poetry

    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron ByronIn 1985, a British Romantic Period Literature class changed my life. The poetry of Byron, Shelley, and Keats wakened in me a passion for writing. I determined to somehow make a career of it—and somehow feed my children.

    Since then I’ve worked exclusively in publishing, first for game companies, now in education. I also continue to write, study, and promote poetry. It’s my opinion that poetry used to belong to the people, until academics stole it. It’s high time to steal it back from them.

    Chris to Fourth

    Lester : May 29, 2015 10:17 am : Announcements, Poetry

    Cristian says, “I’ve got the bait and tackle,
    Dad.” They’re going fishing at the cattle
    pond today. Christopher stops to tickle
    Ana’s toes while Christine heats the kettle.
    She leans against the stove, touches her locket,
    smiles like Mona Lisa, says, “You coddle
    that child.” “The cockatiels need a new cuttle
    bone,” he says, and gives Ana a cuddle.

    —Lester Smith

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    “Making Book”

    Lester : April 27, 2015 10:57 am : Announcements, Poetry, Popcorn Press

    halloweenhaiku2thumbSpent much of the weekend catching up on author remuneration for Halloween Haiku II. Paying people and sending books feels good. Revisiting the stories and poems (to calculate what’s owed)—and especially rereading those by new writers—reminds me why Popcorn Press celebrates Halloween this way every year. (By the way, we’ll start adding these titles to DriveThruFiction very soon.)

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    Haiku Poetry Day 2015

    Lester : April 17, 2015 10:51 am : Announcements, Poetry

    On Killing the Inheritance Tax

    Finally the dead
    Can relax! Fortunes intact
    For their deadbeat kids.

    —Lester Smith


    Cráneo con dupondio” by FalconaumanniOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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