Our November poetry theme at Tweetspeak is “Surrealism.”
This, as you might expect, presented quite the challenge when composing the month’s musically-themed playlist. Searching for a bit of inspiration, I studied up on the history of surrealist art and discovered that it sprang from Dadaist influence of the early 1900s. Surrealist art encompassed the melting clocks of Salvador Dali, Picasso’s cubist brothel, and the cello-backed woman of Man Ray. I’m no art expert, but it seems to me that the Surrealist movement was about odd juxtapositions or associations.
As you’ll see, the November playlist springs from its own sort of Dadaism–“De do do” Dadaism, that is. (Thanks to the Police for that softball.) From there, I tried to pull together odd juxtapositions or associations, and further chose instrumental pieces that I thought somehow represented the surrealist philosophical ideals.
I hope you enjoy this month’s playlist and that you grab a little inspiration as you write to the tracks. And as a bit of a bonus, I leave you with this, an odd juxtaposition in itself.
Tweetspeak’s November Surrealism Poetry Prompt:
This month’s theme at Tweetspeak is surrealism, and we’re composing poems that play with the theme. Let’s create some surrealist poetry by playing with juxtapositions and free associations. Perhaps you can gain a bit of inspiration from this month’s playlist or from other source. We’d love you to join with us, even use a Dali or Picasso as your writing prompt. How do you participate?
1. Study up a bit on the history of surrealism, on both the artistic and philosophical underpinnings of the movement. Listen to the Tweetspeak monthly playlist.
2. Compose a poem using surrealist concepts, juxtapositions, or associations.
3. Tweet your poems to us. Add a #TSSurreal hashtag so we can find it and maybe share it with the world.
4. If you aren’t a twitter user, leave your found poem here in the comment box.
5. At the end of the month, we’ll choose a winning poem and ask the winner to record his or her poem to be featured in one of our upcoming Weekly Top 10 Poetic Picks.
Done nobody put on a tailgate party
like us LSU fans do a tailgate party
and the beer do flow, ma cher, and
the shrimps do boil wit da crawfish
and we tro da potatoes in the pot
wit da crawfish and spill a little beer
for da seasoning but not too much
cuz da beer is brewed to be drunk,
And, after this weekend’s football game, I reckon this is a bit of a bright spot for Mr. Young.
October, though, is a clock of past zeroes melted over the broken stilted leg of an elephant. So, that being done, let’s create some surreal poetry! Who’s first?
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