Tristan Tzara – Edward Hirsch

My favourite poem. Please read it to the end.

Painting: Aquis submersus by Max Ernst

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Tristan Tzara

by Edward Hirsch

There is no such things as a dada lecture

a manifesto is addressed to the whole world

I am opposed to every system except one

love is irrational and you are the reason

a manifesto is addressed to the whole world

but bells ring out for no reason at all

love is irrational and you are the reason

I am a bridge harboring your darkness

 

but bells ring out for no reason at all

you are a fresh wind assaulted by sails

I am a bridge harboring your darkness

let’s not lash ourselves to the flagpoles

 

you are a fresh wind assaulted by sails

I am a wound that sprays your salt

let’s not lash ourselves to the flagpoles

let’s not swim to the music of sailors

 

I am a wound that sprays your salt

ambassadors of sentiment hate our chorus

let’s not swim to the music of sailors

we cast our anchors into the distance

 

ambassadors of sentiment hate our chorus

they can’t pollute our smokiest feelings

we cast our anchors into the distance

we sail our boats for the netherworld

 

they can’t pollute our smokiest feelings

each of us has a thousand virginities

we sail our boats for the netherworld

I’m giving you all my nothingness

 

each of us has a thousand virginities

we still consider ourselves charming

I’m giving you all my nothingness

I have doubted everything but this

 

we still consider ourselves charming

there is no such thing as a dada lecture

I have doubted everything but this

I am opposed to every system except one

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