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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Peter Goulding rails at life from the comfort of his Dublin suburban armchair mainly through the medium of humorous verse. He has also had a modicum of success in the field of serious verse, though his writing is nowhere near obscure enough to warrant a published collection. He has written a novel that sank without trace even though it mentions the phrase ‘custard creams’ more often than any other book (52) He is currently working on a biography of a nondescript ancestor who achieved a sort of fame by getting killed in the Easter Rising of 1916. And he still can’t put up a shelf without bringing down the gable wall.