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Exquisite Corpse Surrealist Poetry in the UAE

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Exquiste Corpse from 100 Thousand Poets for Change Open Mic Session- by: Mujeeb Jaihoon, Azimillin Musafirs, Eman Hussein, Michael Rothenberg, Marwa Yehia, Michael Rothenberg, Nidal el Khairy and Terri Carrion (forgive me if I spelled your name wrong).

Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun”) or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.

In a variant now known as picture consequences, instead of sentences, portions of a person were drawn.[3]The technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. Breton said the diversion started about 1925, but Pierre Reverdy wrote that it started much earlier, at least before 1918.[1][2]

Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children’s books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to “mix and match” by turning pages.- Wikipedia


Written by Terri Carrion

November 19, 2011 at 7:12 am

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