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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Maryann Corbett earned a doctorate in English language and literature and expected to be teaching Beowulf and Chaucer and the history of the language. Instead, she has spent the last 32 years working as an in-house writing teacher, editor, and indexer for the Minnesota Legislature. This proximity to the legislative sausage grinder makes it necessary for her to turn to poetry as a calming influence. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in River Styx, Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, Christianity and Literature, Measure, The Dark Horse, Unsplendid, and other journals in print and online. She is the author of two books, Breath Control (David Robert Books) and Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter (Able Muse Books).