Greenville, South Carolina
I was watching one of my favorite films last night, Un chien andalou (An Andalusian Dog) by the greatest surrealist filmmaker, Luis Buñuel. The script was birthed by Salvador Dali and Buñuel himself. Not only was this one of the very first truly surrealist films, but on the premier of the film, it was voted one of the 25 most dangerous films.
I watched it a few times last night, in addition to the ten or so times I've seen it in the past. On my second viewing of it something occurred to me: why can't poetry be like this? I wanted to see that film put into words and read like a surrealist poem.
Obviously free verse and dada poems are close, if not dead on, to decent "translations" of surrealist pieces of work. But alas, I want more. The poems aren't as strong as the films.
The Challenge is to simply write a poem that is inspired by surrealism. Write a poem with no story and no point except to simply be surreal.
I would suggest that you watch Un chien andalou to see what I'm talking about. The film (which is very short) was on youtube in its entirety but was removed by the prod. company. You can find many clips of it though. I warn you all that some (well, most) of the footage is considered rather "gruesome." Yes, the film was made in 1929 so it's not morbid like today's films but just the same, watch at your own risk. I would supply links to the clips, but the content is quite strong so if you want to take a crack at the challenge, just search for it on youtube.
I've had a pretty bad writer's block for a few weeks now and I'm hoping that this challenge will get me back on a roll again. I'm curious to see who participates.
Have fun children.
"Well I wish that you would cheat with someone, 'cause you're like diggin' holes in water and we know that can't be done."