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

  • Akshat Shukla (1/8/2016 7:46:00 AM)

    Yeah, at times, it seems very probable that words are potent enough to form an idea, a thought if put randomly in an order— we do not come up with any original thought, it just happens. (Report) Reply

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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%
    (Report) Reply

  • (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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