Poetry and newspaper and scissors

  1. Find a newspaper (do you remember those?).
  2. Take some scissors.
  3. Choose from this paper an article the length you want to make your poem.
  4. Cut out the article.
  5. Next carefully cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them all in a bag.
  6. Shake gently.
  7. Next take out each cutting one after the other.
  8. Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag and enter it a a TDC poem.
  9. 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

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Submitted by Anna Cow

There are 12 written responses to this assignment.

Random Newsprint Poetry

Written by Leigh King on June 29, 2014 12:13 pm
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So I cut up part of an article from my husband’s hometown newspaper, in which they advertised a local cookie baking contest. I actually think it turned out pretty great! And I swear, this is the order they came out in. Too good.

Pioneer adult Monday,

Wonderful, tasty.

Look, library!

Category: Woman.

Cooks. Cookbook. Cookie.

Participating Drummond, encourage children’s scheduled cookie.

In will contest, Lisa would.

The Atwood, those forward Yoakum bakers

Cutting Up

Written by Cris Crissman / Cris2B Twitter on June 28, 2014 11:56 pm
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Subject: themselves. Things that This entry. This.

If from Nob Globule.
Am, was especially for The comment in You can You.
Thread starting from This masterpiece.
Boring name body is a large they’re entertaining early another nerdy. But I was.

Misanthropic Bacon monkey Clown replied to intervene in that disk. He?

Thank you can since what your user profile page
and more surprising than for The artist expect This, gem showing up until enlightenment
I gave to not get these updates, go to This entry on one I need no luck.
Reply was here: You can also to not at The electricity.
You stupid hippie it’s not your Livejournal post The Claire Voyant were;
also be Ripped The graphical web of your user profile page and turn off The formula;
for The East playing Dance, music do any IP one cassette and well, uh veiled rehabilitated.

Love this nonlinear text idea so I did some research and found that many authors have used this approach. William S. Burroughs called “cut up theory.” But I’m sure he would have used a word randomizer app if he had one.

Which I did.

Learn more about nonlinear text athttp://www.jwz.org/dadadodo/

Regional Landfill

Written by Jack Hylan on June 28, 2014 10:38 pm
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December board from both
Stafford localities, the deficit
Board asked subsidy shut
Reject the supervisors
Cell being, running down
Both and have risk
Use year the Freder

An Image in an Article

Written by Hayley Eckhardt on June 28, 2014 9:38 pm
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Randomly pasted, and assembled.


Mix and Match

Written by Randi Crabbe on June 28, 2014 7:31 pm
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Parkinson’s supplements took type
specific in blood.
did increased vitamin D
much those
the receptor
promising either as levels those
progress found or
soon a Vitamin D
the placebo took those to who the disease
patients in with risk it not with
in compared study year
seen Vitamin D who developing took
researches of
the is to but, of a too that of.


Written by @DrGarcia on June 28, 2014 6:46 pm
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Tolerance why trap online
Use the force
Equal Ity
University and the soul of the
A-Teams the Queer matters
Nobel calling in identity

The best way to consume The Chronicle. #ds106 #dailycreate #tdc902


Written by @DrGarcia on June 28, 2014 6:43 pm
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Tolerance why trap online
Use the force
Equal Ity
University and the soul of the
A-Teams the Queer matters
Nobel calling in identity

The best way to consume The Chronicle. #ds106 #dailycreate #tdc902

Well, Can I Use The Internet Instead?

Written by @iamTalkyTina on June 28, 2014 4:23 pm
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Well, I didn’t have a newspaper. Plus, I left my scissors in my ninja suit. So, I used the Internet for my poem. I just did different page loads, and pick whatever word my finger poked at each time. Here is my poem:

People imagine education compatible.
Restart internet.
Previous all on mirrors.

Confront number 30.

Lead conclusion:


Written by dkernohan on June 28, 2014 4:01 pm
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stop European quixotic David to the next
Juncker becoming day at faces of two
humiliation Cameron tonight executive
campaign summit opening
his Jean-Claude head in a

A Nonsensical Poem

Written by Sarah French on June 28, 2014 12:10 pm
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Intense talking, same belief to nothing or a stick setting.
Hard-swearing paramount appear alive, bots commit.
Transformers you’ve magically, totally signed teddy.
You’ve time, but acting pictures of opposite
There’s intimate before thriller extinction
That more eight movies are bigger from age.
Bears and much sci-fi which pole there.
Taste is first.

My Response

Written by Anna Cow on June 28, 2014 7:52 am
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because she refused her fake husband who
said later on Monday
wanted to leave
she would one day release
when they refuge to
The controversial paper
the field
hair got destroyed
kept himself again
repenting to have had

Understand their plight

Written by mdvfunes on June 28, 2014 6:54 am
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You can find the poem in my blog here: