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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  . . is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer who lives in the decreasingly rural hills outside West Linn, Oregon, USA, with his poet-wife, Scottie Sterrett, and their six Scottish deerhounds. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Measure, Light Quarterly, and others. His fifth chapbook, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to a Geology Degree, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. When he's not writing, he's out tilting at social, political, and environmental windmills. He warns arch-conservatives to "keep their pills handy" if they insist on reading the Commentary or Satire sections of his website,

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