Lighten Up Online

The quarterly light verse webzine

Welcome to Lighten Up Online, the quarterly light verse webzine

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

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

Tim Forsythe is a retired software engineer residing in Huntington Beach, California with his trophy wife. When not listening for coded messages in seashells, he can be found pounding out his own into silly poems. He has published two small books of light verse: "There Are Jars Inside My Head" (2010) and "Wise Cracks" (2011), and on occasion doles out his drivel on his website at

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