Who is the author and what is the title of the poem that contains the line
"Little Willy Stavey, coming from Ipava, Illinois, where the tall corn grows"
No luck yet. Have you tried asking the Ipava Chamber of Commerce?
There is at least one poem mentioning Ipava, from Spoon River Anthology.
If the learned Supreme Court of Illinois
Got at the secret of every case
As well as it does a case of rape
It would be the greatest court in the world.
A jury, of neighbors mostly, with "Butch" Weldy
As foreman, found me guilty in ten minutes
And two ballots on a case like this:
Richard Bandle and I had trouble over a fence,
And my wife and Mrs. Bandle quarreled
As to whether Ipava was a finer town than Table Grove.
I awoke one morning with the love of God
Brimming over my heart, so I went to see Richard
To settle the fence in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
I knocked on the door, and his wife opened;
She smiled and asked me in. I entered --
She slammed the door and began to scream,
"Take your hands off, you low down varlet!"
Just then her husband entered.
I waved my hands, choked up with words.
He went for his gun, and I ran out.
But neither the Supreme Court nor my wife
Believed a word she said.
Edgar Lee Masters
Dear Pam Adams,
Thanks for the suggestions. I have looked through a great many of
Edgar Lee Masters poems, as well as those of Carl Sandburg, but with no
success. I have called the librarian at the Western Illlinois University in Macomb and she offered to help. I emailed the superintendent at the consolidated Fulton county high school in Cuba but have not received a response. I was able to determine that Ipava, Illinois has a poplulation or 506 people (2000 census) but no evidence of a chamber of commerce. Thus, so far the experience has been a failure except it did acquaint me with some wonderful poetry and very nice people, including yourself.