Jeff Encke’s “Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse”

A toss of the dice will never abolish chance. Take advantage of Jeff Encke’s “fire sale” of this amazing poem published on playing cards.  Jeff writes:

When you find a moment, please take a look at the card gallery on my Website (preview the deck for sale HERE) and follow the link to the homepage to read more about the project. For sales prices and PayPal links, scroll to the bottom of this e-mail.

During the spring and summer of 2004, I wrote, designed, and printed a book of poetry on a deck of stylized, casino-quality playing cards. Design-wise, I took my inspiration from the multitudes of art card decks I found on the Internet from artists throughout the world. The wealth of deck variety and obvious intelligence and creativity that went into the design of the cards I found astounded me. Hoping simply to approach the level of quality I had seen, working collaboratively with a friend in Boston on the design, I took four months to research and create all 55 card faces.

For one deck ($7.50, including S&H), click HERE.

For two decks ($12.50, including S&H), click HERE.

Might I suggest that this is one of the best ways you might spend $7.50 on a book of poetry.  But then, if you’re reading this, I’m pretty sure you’ll be as excited as I was. (I bought two decks and have been shuffling one. The other is still in the plastic wrap.)


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11 Responses to Jeff Encke’s “Most Wanted: A Gamble in Verse”

  1. Jim Galasyn says:

    This really is a brilliant piece of work, well worth the $7.50.

  2. Absolutely… and this is going to be one of the items in my collection that people come over to my house and say, “whoa, where’d you get that?” and it won’t be available anymore. So get yours now, people! Or I will just have to rub it in later 😉

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  4. Eloise says:

    I love the 3 of clubs!

  5. Phebe Hanson says:

    They look gorgeous. Hope I’m not too late to get a set or two.

  6. Ellie Csepregi says:

    beautiful images and word paintings. crystaline.

  7. Leo Lobos says:

    greetings from Santiago of CHILE

    fine art!!


    Leo Lobos

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  9. Jared Stein says:

    This is one of those genius ideas that I wish I’d thought of. I love the feel of cards in hand, and have always admired artistry of different sets. Now to have poetry in the mix? Cool.

  10. John Takami says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Your cards / poems look beautiful and I look forward to receiving the 2 decks I ordered. I am an old work pal of Wendy’s – met you years ago at Maricel’s house. Congrats !!

    John Takami, Tukwila

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