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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Jerome Betts is from Herefordshire, but now lives in South Devon. In addition to articles and verse in consumer and specialist magazines his work has appeared in Pennine Platform, Staple and The Guardian, as well as anthologies like The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse and Limerick Nation and web venues such as Amsterdam Quarterly, Angle, The Asses of Parnassus, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Light, The New Verse News, Per Contra, The Rotary Dial, and Snakeskin. He now edits Lighten Up Online in succession to its founder, Martin Parker.