Welcome to Lighten Up Online, the quarterly light verse webzine
(Founded in 2008 by Martin Parker) Editor: Jerome Betts
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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The art of linguistic mischief has helped Celia through a wealth of written work. Her inner wordsmith has been re-energised since relocation to Appledore, North Devon. A healthcare professional, with a detour into the field of education, Celia is now reunited with her patients, pen and paper. Publication of Pot Holes & Other Poems resulted in a tongue-in-cheek invitation via the Devon press to march on 10 Downing Street in support of the Poets’ Defence League. www.awashwithwords.com.