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Image by Mick Mitchell

The Texas Swing Boys' Dadaist Manifesto

Ian McMillan


The Texas Swing Boys' Dadaist Manifesto

Ian McMillan


Poem introduction

I've always been a fan of the Dadaist Manifesto, and country music, and I thought I'd put a couple of them together.

The Texas Swing Boys' Dadaist Manifesto

The Texas Swing Boys' Dadaist Manifesto

("I just want to hear some Dadaist country songs"
Tex Schwitters, Abilene, March 1924)

black horse bat six
gun two fifty stranger

ON THUNDERING STAGECOACH WHEELS OF DADA!

take the brothers. grant meadows
chester meadows

two fifty stranger
still hands

HOT DURN! CRASHING SIX SHOT PISTOL SHOTS OF DADA!

it's high two fifty on the broken clock
the menu don't change

TEA, HONEY! GREAT CREAKING TABLE TOPS OF DADA!

nothing changes and the clock don't

TAKE A HANGING ROPE TO YOUR DOBRO POETICS

DOBRODADA!

hands up, clock

HONEY, THE DADA SUNSET WILL WALK INTO US!

("Rupert Brooke was/the greatest Dadaist of us all"
from Collected Letters of Zane Gray, Knopf, 1982)

Recorded by The Texas Swing Boys, July 1924, at The Gospel Studios, Austin


from How the Hornpipe Failed (Rivelin Grapheme, 1984), copyright © Ian McMillan 1984, used by permission of the author

Recordings

Ian McMillan Reading from his Poems

Tall in the Saddle

1The Soft White Pillowcase Boys

2Pushed Home when the Clouds were still Raw

3From the Section Dealing with the Loss of Grace

4The Tennis Ball Factory Poems

5The Meaning of Life

6SF Novel

7What Really Happened To The Buffalo

8For Me

9Why Are You Ringing

10Two Miners Pass in Opposite Directions at Daybreak

11The Texas Swing Boys' Dadaist Manifesto

12Resident

13Sessions

14Pushing, May 1984

15Coalpicking, Broomhill

16Visitors, Armthorpe August 1984

17Propp's Last Case

18Action

19From an Evening with the Model of "The Venus and the Shaving Brushes"

20Move

21The Photographer's Subject

22Just the Facts, Just the

23Simple Story

24Man in Hotel Room with Stolen Fork

25Against Realism

26Some Poetry Presses I Will Certainly Set Up In The Next Three Weeks

27Landing Practice

28The Prince of Wales visits Alnwick

29Cracking Icicles in Totley Tunnel

31Kake Yourself Comfortable 32Why We Need Libraries 33Pit Closure as Art 34Lilian's Poem 35Husband and Wife

36Tempest Avenue

37Deaths from Ice-Cream

38Ted Hughes is Elvis Presley

39Visit 40Poem Occasioned by the High Incidence of Suicide amongst the Unemployed 41Song for Roof Building (Collected in South Yorkshire Light Industry Park, Barnsley) 42Moon River: Lives of the Great Comedians 43Henry's Skeleton, George's Leg 44Jesus Died from Eating Curtains 45Stone, I Presume 46Still Life Life 47Realism (Nothing Is Ever Finished) 48Dad, the Donkey's On Fire