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

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1The Soft White Pillowcase Boys

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2Pushed Home when the Clouds were still Raw

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3From the Section Dealing with the Loss of Grace

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4The Tennis Ball Factory Poems

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5The Meaning of Life

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6SF Novel

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7What Really Happened To The Buffalo

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8For Me

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9Why Are You Ringing

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10Two Miners Pass in Opposite Directions at Daybreak

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11The Texas Swing Boys' Dadaist Manifesto

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12Resident

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13Sessions

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14Pushing, May 1984

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15Coalpicking, Broomhill

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16Visitors, Armthorpe August 1984

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17Propp's Last Case

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18Action

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

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20Move

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21The Photographer's Subject

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22Just the Facts, Just the

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23Simple Story

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24Man in Hotel Room with Stolen Fork

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25Against Realism

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

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27Landing Practice

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28The Prince of Wales visits Alnwick

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29Cracking Icicles in Totley Tunnel

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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

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