Spent 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.)
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.
On Killing the Inheritance Tax
Finally the dead
Can relax! Fortunes intact
For their deadbeat kids.
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.”