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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.

    First Poet on Mars

    Lester : November 25, 2014 3:08 pm : Poetry
    MFL Mars Base ERV and MTSV

    First Poet on Mars

    When I was young, and loved a stirring tale,
    science seemed simpler. Vast canals of teal
    crisscrossed the Martian sands; forts in red tile
    crowded the shores; and merchant ships paid toll
    to row those waters, their holds full of tulle
    and thyme. Or so we dreamed. But in the stale
    air of this dead world, among these steel
    domes, I’m breathless, grasping for a style
    to speak an arid truth: that science stole
    my box of dreams to use as its footstool.

    —Lester Smith

    (originally published in Verse Wisconsin 104)

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    Last Flight of a Vickers Gun Bus Pilot

    Lester : November 22, 2014 1:51 pm : Poetry
    Vickers Gun Bus

    Last Flight of a Vickers Gun Bus Pilot

    Arthur’s knights took horse and squire to slay
    their foes. I ride a bloody kite; a silly
    boy up front to man my gun. The sly
    Boche fly Eindeckers today. This slow
    F.B.9 can’t pace them as they slue

    from side to side, shooting our wings to lace.
    And now my gunner’s tendered up his lease
    on life. I’d land, but Jerry’s thick as lice
    below. A passing Hun laughs, “Vas ist los?”
    arcs back, and turns his twin-mount Spandaus loose.

    —Lester Smith

    (originally published in Verse Wisconsin 104)

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    California Girlfriend

    Lester : November 12, 2014 11:35 am : Poetry

    Cindy

    California Girlfriend

    My California girlfriend loved to dance,
    gyrate, and grind. But I was young, and dense;
    I didn’t catch on. I would shout, “The din’s
    too loud in this club crowd!” Now, too late, it dawns
    just what she wanted. I was such a dunce.

    I preferred the beach—the surf, the sand.
    And even there her salty kiss would send
    my breath away. Somehow, I never sinned
    with her—I never got it—though the sound
    of her low moans engulfed me as we sunned.

    She dumped me. So I’m left here with these “didn’ts,”
    trying to reclaim her in this sonnet.

    —Lester Smith

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