Dada Poetry (8th)

We studied dada poetry/collage today in Ms. Krasic’s 8th grade class. First, we looked at some pieces of dada art by artists like Tristan Tzara and Marcel Duchamp. Can a bicycle wheel on a stool be art? Can the repetition of “What a b b what a beauty beauty b b b” be a poem? We then made our own dada collages by cutting things randomly from magazines, mixing them up at our tables, and then randomly grabbing pieces. We had a great time! The students reflected on the randomness inherent in all art and how sometimes play can lead to deeper meaning and freedom. Please enjoy these images by Salima, Akbar, Miranda, and Namirah.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.