Treasure Island

Tristan Tzara

(1896 - 1963 / Moineşti / Romania)

Quotations

  • ''Dada doubts everything. Dada is an armadillo. Everything is Dada, too. Beware of Dada. Anti-dadaism is a disease: selfkleptomania, man's normal condition, is Dada. But the real dadas are against Dada.''
    Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), Rumanian-born French dadaist. repr. In The Dada Painters and Poets, ed. Robert Motherwell (1951). "Dada Manifesto on Feeble Love and Bitter Love," sct. 7, La Vie des Lettres, no. 4, Paris (1921).
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  • ''Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist.... We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.''
    Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), Romanian-born French Dadaist. repr. In The Dada Painters and Poets, ed. Robert Motherwell (1951). "Dada Manifesto 1918," Dada 3 (1918).
  • ''Thought is made in the mouth.''
    Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), Rumanian-born French Dada theorist. repr. In The Dada Painters and Poets, ed. Robert Motherwell (1951). "Dada Manifesto on Feeble Love and Bitter Love," sct. 4, La Vie des Lettres, no. 4 (Paris, 1921).
  • ''The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human imbecility for the guidance of future professors.''
    Tristan Tzara (1896-1963), Romanian-born French Dada theorist. repr. In Lampisteries (1963). "Note on Poetry," Dada 4/5 (Zurich, May 1919).

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Vegetable Swallow

two smiles meet towards
the child-wheel of my zeal
the bloody baggage of creatures
made flesh in physical legends-lives

the nimble stags storms cloud over
rain falls under the scissors of
the dark hairdresser-furiously
swimming under the clashing arpeggios

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