June82011

Welcome to “Our Exquisite Corpse”

Welcome to a Tumblr experiment in creativity, crowd-sourcing, surrealism and saving the world.

WHAT IS AN “EXQUISITE CORPSE?”

From ExquisiteCorpse.com: Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution.

WAIT, WHAT?

Basically, you write something.  Then someone else writes the next line without being able to see what you wrote.  Then, the whole thing is collected into a full-length piece of writing.  In our case, poetry.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

Go to the “Ask" box.  Send us a single line.

THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

After we have about 25 10 lines (to start, we might go longer in the future) we’ll combine them all and post them to this Tumblr as a poem.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA?

The Exquisite Corpse is a tradition at Typewriter Girls shows.  I’ve been very lucky to work with TWG and think the Exquisite Corpse is always a fabulous way to close the night.  I’m very into the idea of creativity via the virtual and social media being a valid way to try and connect through the arts, inspire one another AND expose people to the arts who otherwise might not seek them out. 

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO WRITE!

Write anything.  

WHAT IF WHAT I WRITE IS STUPID?

It’s not.  

REALLY?

I promise.

BUT I’M NOT REALLY A POET!

Yes, you are.  We’re all poets, in the end.


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