A Note to Stuart

Voice Card  -  Volume 1  -  John Card Number 4  -  Mon, Aug 29, 1988 2:55 AM


Thanks again for offering to share the poems in your Body Bestiary. We will be among the first to watch your work unfold. This is a genuine honor and a great coup for Archipelago!

As you know, I'd eventually like to house your poems in some sort of specially crafted "zoo," just as Paul's quotations are housed in a special stack designed to grow issue by issue into a finished collection. If you have any thoughts about how you'd like your work presented, send a card and we can start kicking around ideas.

But I don't want to make everyone wait to see your poems. So for now I suggest that you use HECK/ASK to create a HyperEssay stack. Each poem can be entered on a separate card. You could then provide an introduction card with links to each poem. Every issue you could add a new paragraph to the introduction, sweep over a word or phrase in that paragraph, and link it to a new card containing the next poem in the series. Just add one poem at a time and each issue I will re-release the entire stack (it shouldn't take up much disk space).

If you have any problems with this, you might want to give me a call and we can work out a design for the first installment. We'll all be looking forward to it!