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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. . . grew up in Mexico but now lives in New Jersey where she teaches mathematics at Rutgers University. Along the way she has made the time to commit (her choice of word, not mine - M.P.) poems in Spanish and English, some of which have recently appeared or are imminent in Blue Unicorn, 14 by 14, The Shit Creek Review, The Chimaera, and Contemporary Sonnet. She is the translator of several volumes of poetry, including the anthology Treasury of Mexican Love Poems (Hippocrene Books, New York) and Samandar: Libro de Viajes/Book of Travels, by Lourdes Vázquez (Editorial Tsé-Tsé, Buenos Aires, Argentina).