Monday, 12 December 2011

Mash poetry

It isn't new but it can feel it.

Its ancestry can be traced back to the cut and paste technique but unlike its intelligent older brother sound art, mash poetry is visceral and proud of it.


British poet Adrian Henri might have been the first in New fast automatic daffodils.

[extract]

I wandered lonely as
THE NEW FAST AUTOMATIC DAFFODIL,
FULLY AUTOMATIC
that floats on high o'er vales and hills
The Daffodil is generously dimensioned to accommodate four
adult passengers
10,000 saw I at a glance
Nodding their new anatomically shaped heads in sprightly
dance
Beside the lake beneath the trees
in three bright modern colours
red, blue and pigskin.

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A newer take on the form is to video mash poets with repeats and jumps. Try it and let us know...

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