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Ted Berrigan, "Air" (1981)

Editorial Note

  • Berrigan's poem does not explicitly reference either Dada Zurich or the Cabaret Voltaire. However, the co-occurence of the words "Zurich" and "Voltaire" in a highly fragmented poem (i.e. a collage or montage of random pieces of 'found texts') cannot but evoke the avant-garde aesthetic associated with Dada as a ground-breaking modernist movement.

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Zurich in Anglophone Literatures

Zurich in Anglophone Literatures


Berrigan, Ted. "Air." 1981. The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan. Ed. Alice Notley, with Anselm Berrigan and Edmund Berrigan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. 332–333.

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Martin Mühlheim

UZH English Department, Plattenstrasse 47, CH-8032 Zürich, Switzerland