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    Final Failure: Eyeball to Eyeball
    Zen of the Dead - cover

    Grim Series: poems
    edge of the pond
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    A 2-term past president of the WFOP, 4-time Origins-winning game designer, and former HWG JavaScript teacher, retired from educational publishing to produce poetry, fiction, & games via 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.

    “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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    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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