Well, I’ve been posting these dada koans since January. Thanks to A Book of Surrealist Games by Alistair Brotchie. Why make dada koans, you may ask, as opposed to doing laundry? Because a koan takes a minimum of effort– and in the end you’ve got yourself a weird little story. Whereas with laundry… To paraphrase Joan Rivers– you cook, you clean, you do laundry and then in a year you just have to do it again. So. Fill a Whitman’s chocolates box with words and phrases–little rectangles cut from Orkin ads, dental check-up come-ons, free newspapers, etc. Shake the box and pull ten slips. Glue the finished piece to colored paper to fool yourself that your dada koan has some permanence.
The good: It’s calming to rearrange words. To be Whitman’s Sampler-gifted the words– narrows the options. Thank god.
The bad: What you’ve created is one of these Tristan Tzara-esque cut-up technique dada things. Which may not make sense. Or, in the case DK #8, too much sense.
The above blood red poem in more consistent typeface:
YOU DON’T NEED Online Application
Protect your family from
2000 to 2002
For a Safe & Healthy BUSINESS
Well, there you go. Helpful advice.
Thanks for stopping by. “Winter is coming” which I say in a positive non-Game of Thrones way. If you live in Chicago– make sure to drink your diet Dr. Pepper, and iced caffeinated beverages.
Unrelated Addendum: Buying a Snickers last night– I was delighted to see none of them said “Snickers.” Took me a while to choose the right one. Had my hand on “Forgetful” but then thought ‘but I don’t want to be Forgetful’. Rebellious seemed inappropriate. Finally, I made my decision and slammed “Loopy” onto the counter like a challenge.