Balding, lugubrious, and the wearer since 1988 of the same pair of oversized and unfashionable bifocal specs, Martin Parker has abandoned his original desire to write ‘proper’ poetry and settled for light verse. However, he's now uncertain whether there's any difference between the two and, if there is, whether it matters.
He also runs a monthly Open Mike Poetry Night in Torrington, North Devon and edits the quarterly light verse webzine, Lighten Up Online at www.lightenup-online.co.uk
His 2010 HappenStance publication, No Longer Bjored, is the first in the new Po-Lite Series. But not the last.
No Longer Bjored, HappenStance 2010
Martin Parker: A Sampler, HappenStance 2008
Rubbing the Lamp, 2007
Pick ’n’ Mix, 2006
(the latter two are available from www.martinparker-verse.co.uk).
More of his verse can be found at www.martinparker-verse.co.uk as well as in various online publications.