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TO MAKE A DADAIST POEM
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, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.
—Tristan Tzara, 1920

 

 

Dadaism by Tristan Tzara

Three Tzarian Pieces by Tristan Tzara, translated by Gisele Semilian

The Cut-up Method of Brion Gysin

Karlheinz Essl

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