Friday Fun: Dadaist Poetry

Over at dVerse Poets Pub, Victoria gives us a superb introduction to Dadaist art and poetry and invites us to play along. I once planned to collaborate on a screenplay about Tristan Tzara and the Dadaists, so it’s a subject dear to my heart (even though I don’t like all of their ‘artefacts’).  There is much to admire about this ‘anti-art’, anti-establishment movement, because it’s not just nihilistic disillusionment but very active, vital and collaborative. I leave with this quote by Tristan Tzara:

Dada never preached, having no theory to defend. It showed truths in action… I speak only of myself since I do not wish to convince, I have on right to drag others into my river… everybody practises his art in his own way.


SummertimeSummer Holiday Beach Fun – Dada-Style

Acrid child or burning bodies

clunk-pok rackets stilt conversations

fine falling in fishy-grained hesitance

glistening in half-heard hum

I’m knocked of my over off perch

lukewarm lapping

seaweed sound

tangle of waves with wooden wailing

30 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Dadaist Poetry”

  1. i especially like glistening in half heard hum- it speaks of music and fun- humming is antiform like dadaism and divergent thought which we need more of in the wolrd of techno rats ruling

  2. ha. i would love to be tangling the waves….and listening to the seaweed sound…ha….i miss the ocean…clunkpok…is that a real word? i need to look that up…fun to say

  3. Marina Sofia – This is really an evocative description. It’s light-hearted, but still serious, and certainly captures the beach. Well done!

  4. Interesting how one phrase resonates more than the others in a dadaist poem. I like the ‘lukewarm lapping’. Who wants cold water during the summer holiday?

  5. Ah, how easily I could picture this dadaist beach from your words. I love the ‘tangle of waves.’ And I could go for some ‘lukewarm lapping’ sometime soon.

  6. Nice choice by scrambling random disconnected words, superbly Dada; I couldn’t quite that abstract with my piece, so I opted to go with disconnected phrases & images; but it works like gangbusters for you; your last line is killer /tangle of waves with wooden wailing/ though I might have chosen the last word to be “Whaling”.

  7. Loved your dada…

    tangled fish in seaweed rapunzel perch in towers submerged where grainy hesitance stops witch and shows the elf of swords the way. (as a reply of dada sorts)

      1. I’ve read them many times. Particular favorites of mine. I just had a Harry Potter marathon…just got my wand – I do believe it chose me. There’s only one wand maker left making them from wood.

  8. Ahhhh so much imagery! I could see it all. Especially the “acrid children and burning bodies”. Thry’re unfortunate memories of human destruction.

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