I’d be surprised if someone else hasn’t thought of it, but Amazon.com’s concordance feature can create some unexpected poetry.
David Derrick sent me the following list:
again always another asked aunt away better bit
boy call called came colonel come course day
devil door down enough even ever far father
felt first found friends get give go good got
help knew know last left letter little long
look lot love man mean might money mr must
myself name need news nothing now oh old once
own paper perhaps plane question quite read
really remember room say school see seemed
small something still suppose sure take tell
things think though thought time told two want
went without word years yes yet
I think that could well serve as a slice of modernist poetry. David asked me to identify the novelist. I’m rather pleased that I came up with the right answer. Hint: “colonel” sent the alarm bells ringing for me.