Dada Poetry

When researching poetry, I thought to combine Dada and poetry and found something very intriguing indeed. I had previously known and understood briefly what Dada poetry is all about, given the earliest form of Dada was performance art, including spoken word. But I did not know any Dadaist techniques for making poetry until now, or of any nonsense poetry.

Dada Poetry

Tristan Tzara was a French poet and essayist, is largely known as the founder of Dada. He wrote the first Dada texts, La Premiére Aventure cèleste de Monsieur Antipyrine (1916; “The First Heavenly Adventure of Mr. Antipyrine”) and Vingt-cinq poémes (1918; “Twenty-Five Poems”) – and the movement’s manifestos, Sept manifestes Dada (1924; “Seven Dada Manifestos”).

Tzara, gave the following instructions on how “To make a Dadaist Poem” (1920):

Take a newspaper.
Take some scissors.
Choose from this paper an article the length you want to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Next carefully cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them all in a bag.
Shake gently.
Next take out each cutting one after the other.
Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will resemble you.
And there you are—an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.

when dogs cross the air in a diamond like ideas and the appendix of the meninx tells the time of the alarm programme (the title is mine)
prices they are yesterday suitable next pictures/ appreciate the dream era of the eyes/ pompously that to recite the gospel sort darkens/ group apotheosis imagine said he fatality power of colours/ carved flies (in the theatre) flabbergasted reality a delight/ spectator all to effort of the no more 10 to 12/ during divagation twirls descends pressure/ render some mad single?file flesh on a monstrous crushing stage/ celebrate but their 160 adherents in steps on put on my nacreous/ sumptuous of land bananas sustained illuminate/ joy ask together almost/ of has the a such that the invoked visions/ some sings latter laughs/ exits situation disappears describes she 25 dance bows/ dissimulated the whole of it isn’t was/ magnificent ascent has the band better light whose lavishness stage music?halls me/ reappears following instant moves live/ business he didn’t has lent/ manner words come these people

Once I acquire a newspaper, I will do just this.


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