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.

buddha lune

Lester : October 15, 2015 12:30 pm : Poetry

being a buddha
is nothing
impressive they say

—Candace Smith

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Chap. 1 of The Pastime Machine

Lester : October 5, 2015 12:43 pm : Announcements, Poetry

This is chapter 1 of a novel in sonnets currently being written online. To read further, support the project, and even get your own death scene in the novel, visit patreon.com/lestersmith. (Please share.)

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Zen of the Dead is Live!

Lester : October 1, 2015 12:01 am : Fiction, Poetry, Popcorn Press

Popcorn Press’s 7th annual Halloween anthology project is now live!


  • Share the link! http://kck.st/1KTkLBs
  • Submit some poetry or fiction for our open call! (Deadline Oct. 23. Follow the link above for more details.)
  • Consider backing the project.

Thanks much for taking part in this, our month-long Halloween party!

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