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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With seven poems in Oxford Poets 2007: An Anthology, published by Carcanet, and several here in Lighten Up Online what more could a poet ask for? Maybe a commendation from Seamus Heaney for reading beautifully? Frances Thompson has that as well! AND a collection, The Long Acre, published by HappenStance. Her cup runneth over, and deservedly so.