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    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.

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  • 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.

    National Motto . . . Love of God

    Lester : March 19, 2015 11:40 am : Announcements, Poetry

    National Motto Reveals Love of God

    In 1956, President Eisenhower approved
    “In God We Trust” as the US national motto.

    In 1960, he ordered the assassination of Patrice
    Lumumba, the Congo’s first elected prime minister.

    In response, the CIA sent “Joe from Paris”—
    a.k.a. Dr. Sidney Gottlieb—with a tube
    of poison toothpaste.

    Gottlieb, in German, means “God’s Love.”

    —Lester Smith

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    Happy National Grammar Day!

    Lester : March 4, 2015 8:35 am : Announcements, Miscellany, Poetry

    gary-the-grammar-cactus

    I make a living with grammar. Nonetheless, it’s important to keep it in perspective. Remember, there are actually four grammars, listed here from most to least casual:

    1. How people speak
    2. How grammarians codify speech
    3. How people write
    4. How grammarians codify writing

    To put it another way, allow me to share a haiku and a lune:

    Grammar is a man
    Sitting alone, critiquing,
    While his neighbors dance

    Grammar is a map
    Pointing out
    Where things ought to be

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    Lady of Pain

    Lester : November 27, 2014 12:24 am : Game Design, Poetry
    Spellfire: Weasel Attack

    Lady of Pain
    (for Adam White)

    “You guys are jerks,” Steve says. A dawning haze

    of horror fills his eyes. I lay more cards. He’s

    still. I raise his champion to highs

    he never dreamed, then steal it, turn it, hose

    his few remaining troops. Ken laughs, says, “Who’s

    your daddy?” fans his hand, leans back, and weighs

    his options. Steven says, “You’ve made a weasel

    game out of my baby!” Ken cracks wise,

    replies, “She never loved you. And your woes

    have just begun,” then spanks him till he’s woozy.

    —Lester Smith

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