Tristan Tzara

(1896 - 1963 / Moineşti / Romania)

To Make A Dadist Poem - Poem by Tristan Tzara

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.


Comments about To Make A Dadist Poem by Tristan Tzara

  • Susan Williams (2/1/2018 5:47:00 PM)


    Not this one again. I hate to be a fuddy-duddy but cut and paste just does'nt cut it for me and my vulgar herd, but I was thinking of attaching a paint brush to my horse's tail and back him up to a canvas especially on a fly-filled afternoon- -I could call it Dadist Art (Report) Reply

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  • (2/1/2018 4:44:00 PM)


    How interesting. Anything goes! (Report) Reply

  • Juana Cruz (2/1/2018 1:39:00 PM)


    I think I will try. Sounds interesting. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/1/2018 11:13:00 AM)


    What a way to create a poem!
    Really strange and unaesthetic!
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  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (2/1/2018 10:57:00 AM)


    Very nicely as it is! 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (2/1/2018 6:45:00 AM)


    it's interesting on this one reading comments from other ph people. i didn't know this writer, didn't know, as susan wms points out, that he was himself in the dada movement (rather than making fun of it) . the exercise he describes i know to be called a found poem. to assemble one can be entertaining. but what makes a poem durable? -gk (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (2/1/2018 5:21:00 AM)


    Merely a childish game played at bithday parties.? What better breeding ground for the astonishment and wonder we lose to the world of adult conformity, order and predictability than a child's birthday party? Sometimes we need to cut through our calcified ways to release the unexpected. Brion Gysin and William Burroughs asserted that cut-up texts in their rearrangement often foretold the future.

    Whatever the truth, having a little fun is a wonderfully liberating experience. Long Live Dada!
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  • Bharati Nayak (2/1/2018 4:01:00 AM)


    Some people (Those who are not in poetry) think that writing modern poems is very easy.It can be written putting random words side by side.This can not be said of this poem.
    I do not have an idea about a Dadist poem.Perhaps the poet means how to connect the random things and find a meaning there.
    The word- 'Conscientiously ' implies it.- -'The poem will resemble you' - - You connect with words, you find meaning as per your inner world.
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  • Susan Williams (11/4/2015 1:53:00 PM)


    I was hoping this was written in jest. Apparently not. Tristan Tzara was the leader of an avant-garde movement called dada. Dada protested the concept of art and western civilization. Also reason. Dada wasn't into syntax, grammar was just too restrictive for the expression of their talent. Unsurprisingly, the Dadaists were into cacophony, dreams, and drugs. They would have loved the psychedelic hippy movement. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (11/4/2015 6:30:00 AM)


    Last line is more important to know the poets are called Dadaist. Perhaps! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/4/2015 5:05:00 AM)


    One after the other with the muse of an act! (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (11/4/2015 5:05:00 AM)


    A very unique perspective.. for creating perspective, shake out words cut out from an article from a bag.. to stand out from the herd. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (11/4/2015 1:53:00 AM)


    Fantasy! Enjoyed the fantastic write. Thanks for sharing and giving a superb idea of how not to manipulate things.Ten points. (Report) Reply

  • Bakuli Bhakali (11/4/2015 1:48:00 AM)


    enjoyed it............! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (11/4/2015 1:05:00 AM)


    I think a childs comic would be more appropriate for some readers. Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rahman Henry (11/4/2015 12:51:00 AM)


    Though I'm not agreed, yet it's a nice poem. Bust nasty joke.... (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2009 1:11:00 AM)


    I will have to find a more interesting newspaper than the Morgantown Dominion Post. Perhaps one of those supermarket tabloids? (Report) Reply

  • (5/6/2007 4:18:00 PM)


    not excepting this
    (really didn’t know what I was excepting)
    but love it 100%
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  • (3/19/2006 9:32:00 PM)


    see! ! GENIOUS! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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