Dear Geraldine Monk:
The GARGOYLES are wonderful. I take them out when ever I am blue. I bring them to work. I show them to friends who used to write poetry but have stopped and they are encouraged to go on (true!).
I always think my "next poem" is going to be my best one, so I'm having a hard time thinking of what to send that's new and the right length.
I like the testimony series because it is based on this idea I have that testimonials are predominantly women's writing. I remember going away for a weekend, having selected a "chalet" based on very vivid satisfied customer letters written by women. It was just a horrible, flea-infested, smelly dump! And we spent the whole time wondering how the women who write the testimonials lived if they thought the cabin was so great.
So there are a great many patent medicine and hoax medical device and whatnot brochures in the public domain, and this makes them free online. One of the patent medicines is actually still for sale here in the states and I have some -- Lydia Pinkham's -- though they halved the amount of alcohol it contains in the 1930s, during Prohibition.