I am doing the PoMoSco month-long challenge with the Found Poetry group this April. This is one of the poems that I created today using Tzara’s technique and the other can be found at http://www.pomosco.com/chance-operation/shake-it-up/a-damn-fool/.
Follow Tristan Tzara in “How to Make a Dadaist Poem”
to create a cut-up poem. Cut out desired words or phrases from a source text, and put them in a paper bag or other container. Shake to mix up the words, then pull them out one by one. To create your poem, place the words on the table in the order you draw them from the container.
Post your poem — or a picture of your cut-up if possible — along with a source text citation
Here we go:
but the genuine pain was just beginning.
for having shot his wife’s lover
in the moonlight,
silence all through his brain,
into the black beneath the trees.
“Why don’t you stay out here?”
like a metal wave, like a hot tide in the dark
since then everybody’s been coming to him
if I live a thousand years
warm and cloudless night
I’m sending the body back
“Damn dark. I can’t see a damn thing.”
(Source: Shaara, Michael, The Killer Angels. New York: Ballantine Books, 2003.)