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Jack Maxwell
04-17-2001, 07:07 PM
The following little poem has quite a little following.

As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today.
I wish, I wish he'd stay away.

It is credited to a fellow named Hughes Mearns, and I have seen reference to "The Psychoed" as a publication and as a play. I even found one other quatrain which is almost as interesting.

As I was sitting in my chair,
I knew the bottom wasn't there,
Nor legs nor back, but I just sat,
Ignoring little things like that.

What I can't find is any reference to the complete text. Not as a book, not as an online document, not as a part of a larger publication. Does anyone know the history of this cute little piece of doggerel? Thanks.

Shiva
04-17-2001, 08:39 PM
A little help maybe:

http://www.lyfe.freeserve.co.uk/manwhowasntthere.htm

http://www.flashpointmag.com/guddin~1.htm

http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:awpwriter.org/fenza1.htm+%22Hughes+Mearns%22+%22Creative+Power%22&hl=en

Dang, the guy invented Creative Writing. Whodathunkit?

Chronos
04-18-2001, 01:05 AM
Jack, your title appears to have gotten mangled, there. If you let Jill (mailto:jillgat@aol.com) or me (mailto:bambeck@physics.montana.edu) know what you wanted it to be, we can fix it for you. For future reference, if you use "double quotes" in a title, and submit from the "preview" page, the board software will eat everything after the quotes.