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Martin Parker

Martin Parker was the founder of Lighten Up Online, and the editor in its first seven years, during which period his contributions appeared under the pseudonym Leo Vincent.His work has appeared – normally under his real name − in a variety of publications including The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Spectator, The Oldie, The Literary Review and Light ,plus several others, including the occasional ‘proper’ poetry magazine, and also in a variety of webzines. More details, plus a selection of his stuff and information about currently available publications, can be found at

Remaining copies of his 2017 book, I THINK I THOUGHT, -- one hundred and two poems for those who have survived the embarrassment of their youthful mistakes, have smiled at the trials of middle-age and may now be looking  at what remains with cheerful resignation -- are now available only through his website, qv above, at a new price of £6-50p per copy including UK postage.

"The gift that will tickle the parts that socks, golf balls, handkerchiefs and potplants will never reach!"

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