The Formula of a Dada Poem

Tristan Tzara, one of the true dadaists wrote a poem about how to “write” a Dada poem:

To Make A Dadaist Poem

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. 

Tristan Tzara


This sounds very similar to cut out poetry. Maybe one day I’ll try it his way.

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I am a 30-year-old (23 at heart) who loves anything nonsensical

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