Alberto Ríos

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To make a Dadaist poem
Take a newspaper.
Take a pair of scissors.
Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.
Shake it gently.
Then take out the scraps one after the other in the
order in which they left the bag.
Copy conscientiously.
The poem will be like you.
And here you are a writer, infinitely original and
endowed with a sensibility that is charming
though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.

      --Tristan Tzara

Tristan Tzara

An essay on Dada
by Tristan Tzara.

Tristan Tzara
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