Lighten Up Online

The quarterly light verse webzine

Welcome to Lighten Up Online, the quarterly light verse webzine

Editor: Jerome Betts (Founded in 2008 by Martin Parker)Lighten Up

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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Random poet

. . . ubiquitous light verse competition winner and former poet in residence at the New Statesman, your admiring Editor M.P.) has long been sticking pins into a wax model of this side of his track record - but without much success so far. On a rather different, though still welcomely accessible plane, his collection Impossible Objects, published by Cinnamon Press, was short listed for the Forward Poetry Prize (Best First Collection category, 2006).

Find him at: and do not miss his Weekly Poem at:

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