Lighten Up a Little


Award-winning Mississippi author John M. Floyd is best known for his crime/suspense stories and his multiple mystery series featuring characters like Angela Potts, Chunky Jones, and Old West private eye Will Parker. Fans of those stories are often surprised to learn that Floyd has also published poetry in more than 100 different markets.

His poems, however, aren’t about social issues or angst or philosophy. They’re just … fun. Their purpose is to make you smile, or maybe even Laugh Out Loud.
As it turns out, this book’s title is also its message: We all need to take the world a little less seriously.

“Hidden meanings. Double Entendres. Down-home humor. You really have to read these poems a second or third time to get all the fun puns. And the chuckles.”
—J.C. Patterson, The Clarion Ledger

“Like Floyd’s short stories, ‘Lighten Up A Little’s’ poems can be read a few at a time or in several sections. But they do bring smiles and take your mind off the news . . . We need them now more than ever.”
The Clarion Ledger (Jackson, MS)