Today's poem is "Deathmatch Mode"
from Torched Verse Ends

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Steven D. Schroeder's writing is available or forthcoming from Verse, Pleiades, Beloit Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, River Styx, The National Poetry Review (where he won the Laureate Prize), The Southeast Review, and Verse Daily. Scantily Clad Press published 90 Percent of Everything, an e-chapbook of his poetry, in 2008. He edits the online journal Anti- and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer. His body currently lives in St. Louis, but part of his heart will always be in Colorado.

Other poems by Steven D. Schroeder in Verse Daily:
April 20, 2008:   "Coal Seam Fire" "The kobolds in the coal..."
September 1, 2006:   "Clockwork" " In the 27 seconds..."

Books by Steven D. Schroeder:

Other poems on the web by Steven D. Schroeder:
Four poems
"Self-Portrait in a Funhouse Mirror"
"Here Be Dragons"
90 Percent of Everything (chapbook)
Two poems
Two poems
"To a Sentinel Marmot"

Steven D. Schroeder's Website.

About Torched Verse Ends:

"These are the poems of a hooch-swilling layabout, shifty-eyed sneak thief, disagreeable cuss—in short, good work, but he scares my kids. That shaved head and Satanic goatee? The yelling about the government?"
—Aaron Anstett

"The poems in Steven D. Schroeder's debut collection are not for the faint of heart. I mean this as the most serious of warnings. Upon reading them, you may find yourself locked in a cloakroom with nothing but his pages and a musty parka between you. Even if you resist, you may still dream, nightly, of absconding to Times Square with the author, frolicking in the orange light and snapping pictures. Buy three copies: one for the bookshelf, one to hide under your pillow, and one to keep close to your body at all times"
—Mary Biddinger

"The poems in Torched Verse Ends revel in the interconnections between humans and our place—real or imagined—in the world. So it is fitting that the poems shift locations with the personalities of the speaker. Some poems wisecrack their way through Matt Groening's Springfield. Others speak to us from Robotland, in the ‘error error error' of metallic vernacular. Still others employ more somber diction: Colorado as seen by forest firelight, the road somewhere in the flat between Colorado and Kansas. Regardless of place, Steve Schroeder's poems move us forward toward the hills and rivers where the ‘Earth's curve intensifies downhill.' The poems keep us safe in their own geography."
—Adrian Matejka

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