You are invited to
become part of an experiment in poetry e-publishing. Re:United,
a new verse collaboration by Helena Nelson and George
Simmers, takes the form of an email correspondence
between two fictional characters, Stan and Penny. It
begins when Stan finds Penny's contact details on the
Friends Reunited website, and gets in touch with her.
That was the only
thing the authors decided before they began to write.
The various letters gradually improvise the
characters, the relationship, the back story.
So that you'll
experience the unfolding sequence in something like
the same way that the poets did, we have decided that
the smartest way to publish this correspondence is as
a series of emails from the two characters. We offer
all readers the opportunity to add their e-addresses
to a list of subscribers. Participating readers will
receive one email letter/poem each day for a
fortnight, from either Stan or Penny, and so will
experience the correspondence more or less in real
If you would like to
receive the poems, just mail to email@example.com with the subject line Reunited
This list will be
used only for the purpose of publishing the Re:united
sequence of poems, and will not be used for any other
purpose or passed on to anyone else. Recipients who
get fed up with the poems can remove their names from
the list at any time.
latest collection is Starlight on Water,
published by Rialto. George Simmers is editor of Snakeskin