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

After retiring from practicing law, S. M. Kozubek spends more time now writing poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and plays. He also leads writing workshops. His poem “Arrival, New York, 1909” is the lead work in Journal of Modern Poetry 15. That anthology along with Kozubek’s poetry chapbook Beyond the Shore, is available on AmazonOther poems have appeared in ICON, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, Prune Juice, Modern Haiku, bottle rockets, Acorn, Skylark, is/let, Atlas Poetica, Failed Haiku, Burnt Pine and Break the Cycle.  His Poem "The Pump That Could Not Sump" received a chicagopoetry.com Poet Laureate of Rhyme Honorable Mention.

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