This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer.
…the music cannot end without cutting up the fragments of beauty into yet smaller pieces and beginning over again.
From the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writer’s House comes Jacket2 Reissues, an archive of digitized literary journals and magazines… or, found poetry nirvana.
This week’s prompt: erase, cutup, remix, or otherwise rearrange the text below (page 22 of Secession no. 1, July 1922) to create a poem.
About the source text: “Secession, founded in 1922 by Gorham B. Munson, sought to give corner to the ‘youngest generation’ of interwar modernists. Printed at various junctures in Vienna, Berlin, New York, Florence, and Reutte (Tyrol), Secession nevertheless became an important platform distributing literary Dadaism to New York.” The journal ran through two years and eight issues, all of which are available on the Jacket2 Reissues website. The source text below includes a Tristan Tzara text translated to English, followed by a poem by “Will Bray”(the nom de plume of co-editor Matthew Josephson).
Top image: From Hannah Höch (German, 1889-1978). Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919-1920, flickr.