Lighten Up Online is a new quarterly poetry webzine edited by Martin Parker, who co-hosts, with Sarah Willans, the regular open mic evenings at the Plough Arts Centre in Devon, at which I was guest poet about a year ago. As stated on the home page, Martin believes:
“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.”
Some of the poets whose work has featured in Lighten Up Online include Alison Brackenbury, Ann Drysdale, Helena Nelson, Bill Greenwell and Matt Harvey. And I’m very chuffed that one of my ‘light’ poems, ‘Bookshop Blues’, from Creatures of the Intertidal Zone appears in issue 4.