During the Dada period, the then leader, Tristan Tzara, in a manifesto proclaimed:

Dada is this; Dada is that;
Dada is this; Dada is that;
Dada is nevertheless shit.

This type of humor, more or less black, is lacking in the newest generation, who believe, in good faith, that their neo-Dadaism is more sublime than the art of Praxiteles. -From Salvador Dali’s Preface to Pierre Cabanne’s Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp

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

“Art is not concerned with actual occurrences or events as such, but with their metaphysical significance to man.” – Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto

Photo: Russ Rowland

Photo: Russ Rowland

 “The symptom of love is when some of the chemicals inside you go bad. So there must be something in love because your chemicals do tell you something.” Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

“The reason why art has such a profoundly personal significance for men is that art confirms or denies the efficacy of a man’s consciousness, according to whether an artwork supports or negates his own fundamental view of reality.” -Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto

“The emotion involved in art is not an emotion in the ordinary meaning of the term. It is experienced more as a “sense” or “feel,” but it has two characteristics pertaining to emotions: it is automatically immediate and it has an intense, profoundly personal (yet undefined) value meaning to the individual experiencing it.  The value involved is life, and the words naming the emotion are: “This is what life means to me.” -Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto

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