maison aragon

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

arp & the barbered arbor
reignite the open night
in the special pocket edition made for australian kangaroos

arp & the arc-shaped bark
are framed by semiramis
arp the arc & the arbored barbered bark

o crisp chronometer

– Tristan Tzara
translated by Jerome Rothenberg

Probably a tribute to avant-garde sculptor (and Dada co-founder) Jean Arp. The poem is surprisingly easy to memorize, as if there’s a nursery rhyme lurking behind its Dadaist composition. And after the pop-pop-pop of the plosives, how refreshing is that “o crisp chronometer”?

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