Data(ist) Haiku




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a Dada data haiku—

art, and anti-art

How to Make a Dadaist Poem

From the original 1920s instructions by Tristan Tzara, founder of the Dada art movement


1. Take a newspaper.      2. Take a pair of scissors.      3. Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.      4. Cut out the article.      5. Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.      6. Shake it gently.      7. Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag.      8. Copy conscientiously.      9. The poem will be like you.      10. And here are you a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.


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