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No Longer Bjored (HappenStance Press)

No Longer BjoredPublisher's description: "Martin Parker is founder editor of the quarterly light verse webzine Lighten Up Online. His work has appeared in outlets such as The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Spectator, The Oldie and Light (USA), as well as online publications such as Snakeskin, 14 by 14, The Chimaera and The Barefoot Muse. A HappenStance Sampler of his work (2008) gave rise to plans for a set of Po-Lite pamphets - this publication is the first in that series.

"Here we see light verse at its best: witty, wry, wilful and sometimes unexpectedly moving. Parker has a black belt in irony. Prepare to be disarmed."

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Rubbing the Lamp

Rubbing the LampIn Rubbing the Lamp we again find light verse that is not always as light as it first appears. Wry reflection about the ups and downs of life, love, lust and ageing is joined here by sagas of false teeth by moonlight, a schoolgirl heroine even more Brazil than Angela and of thong-wearing in suburbia.

We also find a prayer for unsuitable women, a lover's plea to share cornflakes, an extract from the Secret Diary of Old Nokomis and the pressing need for a boy to retrieve his mackintosh from beneath a sleeping girl.

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