Welcome to Lighten Up Online, the quarterly light verse webzine
(Founded in 2008 by Martin Parker)
We believe that light verse is very far from being the poor relation of “proper” poetry.
On this site you will find work by light verse specialists as well as by some of the many “proper” poets who enjoy it and write it and agree that light verse deserves a wider audience than it is normally given.
If you feel as we do, then you are welcome to send us some of your own work for consideration for inclusion in our future Issues which will appear each September, December, March and June - but please read the guidelines on the 'submission' page first.
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... was born and raised in Los Angeles and now lives in New Zealand. After ten years editing the NZ Royal Society's natural history journal, she shifted to freelance work, including writing conservation plans for various native bird species.
She is widely published online, in New Zealand, Australian and Canadian journals, and in the United States, where various of her poems have appeared in Light Quarterly. She is co-author of Millionaire's Shortbread (University of Otago Press, 2003). Her book Trace Fossils is due to appear in 2009, as is her collection of satirical verse, Nearest and Dearest.