Bill Seaman

Recombinant Poetics and Related Database Aesthetics

[Taken from Bill Seaman’s Recombinant Poetics and Related Database Aesthetics]

To Write a Dada Poem: Take a newspaper. Take some scissors. Pick out an article which is as long as you wish your poem to be. Cut out the article. Then cut out carefully each of the words in the article and put them in a bag. Shake gently. Then take out each piece one after the other. Copy them down conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag. The poem will resemble you and you will find yourself to be an infinitely original writer with a charming sensitivity even though you will not be understood by the vulgar.

~Tristan Tzara in Dada manifeste sur l’amour faible et l’amour amer


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