help track down a prose poem
November 11, 2005 10:07 AM Subscribe
My husband is looking for a prose poem about postcards used to create a religion.
posted by dlugoczaj to writing & language (6 answers total)
He read this poem on a handout in a college class (American lit in general or American poetry) in the early 1990s, and would like to read it during a religious service if he can find a copy. He said it was by a published poet, not a friend of the professor or whatever, so I'm hoping it's possible to track it down among the well-read.
The details he could give me were: a) short piece, about 1 paragraph; b) "wish you were here" was definitely in it; c) the religion that was created by the people reading the messages on these postcards broke down at the end of the poem, with the people left vaguely confused.
Does this sound at all familiar to anyone? I'm thinking it could be something by Russell Edson or James Tate (sounds like the kind of thing they might do) but don't currently have any of their books on my shelves. If you have the text and don't want to reprint it for copyright reasons, you can just tell me the author/collection and I'll track it down from there.