This exchange of poems began when Bronwyn Davies heard on email from Jane Speedy's friends in Bristol, United Kingdom, that she had had a massive stroke. Bronwyn responded by writing a poem, sending it to Jane's friends—as a contribution to their emails to each other, in which they expressed their shock and sorrow—and she posted it by snail mail to Jane, hoping one day she would be up to reading it. Some considerable time later, Jane responded with another poem, and so this conversation between two academic women, whose lives are changing in totally unanticipated ways, began.
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