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Onto yourself Collection: (Cut-up Poetry Inspired by David Bowie and RadioHead) by Rob Manary

July 1, 2014

Before reading this collection, I had to research cut-up poetry. Here’s the best way to describe it by the Dadaist writer Tristan Tzara, who wrote “dada manifesto on feeble love and bitter love,” [which included a section called “To Make a Dadaist Poem,” and it gave these instructions:
Take a newspaper.
Take some scissors.
Choose from this paper an article of the length you want to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Next, carefully cut out each of the words that makes up this article and put them all in a bag.
Shake gently.
Next, take out each cutting one after the other.
Copy conscientiously in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will resemble you.
And there you are – an infinitely original author of charming sensibility, even though unappreciated by the vulgar herd.]

In case you don’t know, as I did not, a Dada is a European artistic and literary movement (1916-1923) that flouted conventional aesthetic and cultural values by producing works marked by nonsense, travesty, and incongruity. (Thanks Farlex)

As you can see, before I began reading Rob Manary’s cut-ups, I had learned a great deal.
Once I understood the concept, I was ready to read the poetry. Since learning David Bowie and William S. Burroughs made this method popular, I was intrigued. I was already wearing my 2004 Bowie tour tee shirt because I had just read the short story, Hang Onto Yourself . . . David Bowie, by Diane Lebow.

I had a much better understanding of the cut-up method of poetry when I read track1: “groupie.” Its origin was from the story, Hang Onto Yourself. . . David Bowie. It was amazing.

Continuing with the book, the other cut-ups are just as remarkable. I found the concept surprisingly simple, yet at the same time complex. The content of a number of poems is personal to Rob Manary, while the others are about personal love from other experiences.

I can see how Bowie linked up with the Beat Generation writer, William S. Burroughs, and with RadioHead’s the bends.

I applaud the author, Rob Manary, for his dedication and expertise in writing this cut-up poetry book for readers to enjoy.

I appreciated the education and the entertainment after reading, Onto Yourself Collection: (Cut-up Poetry Inspired by David Bowie and RadioHead). I highly recommend taking a few minutes of your day to enjoy the cut-ups.

Hang Onto Yourself . . . David Bowie by Diane Lebow

July 1, 2014

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the rock star’s name, David Bowie? Ziggy Stardust, of course! Do any of his fans know what really happened to Bowie’s alter ego?

In this science fiction short story, the year is 1973, and Bowie gave up the ghost of Ziggy without notice. While we may never know the truth, Diane Lebow decided to make up a reason of her own.

Is she close to the truth? You decide after reading, Hang Onto Yourself.

It’s a fun, quick read, whether or not you are a fan of David Bowie. I am a big fan, so I found my Bowie 2004 tour tee shirt in the back of my closet, put it on, and read the story of a true Bowie fan traveling back in time to a 1973 concert. She and her friend make a very cool discovery.

Read it to find out what they discovered.


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