for pianist/speaker, 2012, duration: 7 minutes

Scheduled to be premiered on October 18, 2012 by Jordan Nelson at West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

"Antigonish" is a poem by American educator and poet Hughes Mearns.  It is also known as "The Little Man Who Wasn't There”.



Inspired by reports of a ghost of a man roaming the stairs of a haunted house in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, the poem was originally part of a play called The Psyco-ed which Mearns had written for an English class at Harvard University about 1899.


Yesterday, upon the stair,

I met a man who wasn’t there

He wasn’t there again today

I wish, I wish he’d go away


When I came home last night at three

The man was waiting there for me

But when I looked around the hall

 couldn’t see him there at all!

Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more!

Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!)

Last night I saw upon the stair

A little man who wasn’t there

He wasn’t there again today

Oh, how I wish he’d go away

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