Help me remember this weird poem
September 28, 2016 9:01 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to recall a poem which was a long (book-length!) list of sentences that were exactly the same except each one contained a slightly different list of names. It was something like "in [name] [name] and [name] was [name]".

I'm a little hazy on the details but I'm recalling that this was considered a "found poem" - someone came across a publication of it and started spreading it around assuming it was some kind of odd document that happened to sound poetic when recited - until the poem's author got in touch and said "of course it was meant to be a poem!"

One of the names that appeared in the poem was definitely "God".

I might have seen this on the blue but tried looking under the poem and poetry tags and couldn't find it.
posted by capricorn to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Huh. I'd always wondered where the Tortoise song "In Sarah, Mencken, Christ, And Beethoven There Were Women And Men" had gotten its name. Your Ask is why I now know the answer - it's a poem. Seems like the one you're looking for.
posted by BrunoLatourFanclub at 10:16 AM on September 28, 2016 [5 favorites]

Best answer: What a fascinating story! For future reference, the author’s name is John Barton Wolgamot.
posted by languagehat at 10:59 AM on September 28, 2016

Response by poster: Yup that's the one! Thank you!
posted by capricorn at 1:00 PM on September 28, 2016

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