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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