These “emails” speak in a variety of voices and forms about the marginalised in society. Simon goes some way to justifying poetry’s claim to speak, “truth to power”. There are also poems of friendship, love and delightful jeux d’espirit.
In Email From The Provinces the poet Simon Fletcher combines great technical virtuosity and remarkable control with tenderness and emotional understanding. His characters are as disparate as Clytemnestra, a Franciscan monk, or, as in the memorable and witty “You’ll go mad if you read too many books” Grandma Fletcher, a connoisseur of Mills & Boone.