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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Jonathan Humble is a deputy head teacher in a rural school in northern England. He’s worked as a painter, lettuce picker and engineer in the power industry. Other than writing poetry and short stories, his hobbies include beard growing, pointing at poppies whilst saying "Oooo, they look nice!" and keeping the international coffee industry afloat with his patronage. His poetry has appeared in The Big Issue In The North, Poems For Freedom and The Caterpillar Magazine, as well as on The Gordon Swindlehurst Show on BBC Radio Cumbria. He has recently been awarded the post of Poet Laureate by the Tripe Marketing Board and regularly appears at Verbalise in The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, The Spotlight Club in Lancaster and other performance poetry venues in the North West of England.