A dada poem and what it says about the genre; Tzara T 1928

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Dadaist writer Tristan Tzara set out some instructions to write a Da Da poem back in the late 1920’s.

Take a newspaper.

Take some scissors.

Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.

Cut out the article.

Next carefully cut out each of the words that makes 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.

As a bit of student procrastination, this is the weirdness that I came up with using a copy of the metro and a story about a nursery child who was sent home with a letter of her own self appraisal. I do admit some words did fall into my mum’s tea unfortunately, it is rather fiddly.

Photo on 15-01-2014 at 22.36

So on appraisal? a infant wrote:

see especially Just her ‘rapid months run ‘exploring digestion’ questions emma’s results.

The Dummy could father nursery workers ‘gripping one nursery parents’ noses, fingers included’.

Where be in the girls dog hair it interests himself, despite an old returned dumb can and that for a posted 11.

Reddit and strengths were Completed.

What does it mean?

I don’t think I will be predicting any future events any time soon.

Other than it being outright hilarious (for me at least) it shows how difficult it is to let all your inhibitions go with how you usually create a text. Some of the words I placed on purpose, which is cheating yes but it wouldn’t have made any sense otherwise!

I guess experimental narrative is all about finding the line between using what you already know and letting go of it.


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