A Surrealist Poetry Twitter Bot:

Daniel Silber-Baker
Oct 9, 2016 · 10 min read

Words are Marvelous Weapons with which we could Behead the Sun

Franklin Rosemont’s Introduction to SDS Journal of American Radicalism January, 1970

“Let us make clear at the very beginning that it is the fundamental aim of the surrealist movement to diminish and ultimately to dispose of completely the appalling contradictions between dream and waking life, desire and reality, the unconscious and the conscious; to “‘transform the world (in the words of Marx), to change life (in the words of Rimbaud), to create a society of freedom and exaltation, of poetry made by all, according to Lautreamont’s unparalleled watchword.”

Intervention 1 : Who I Am-not

Defining Ourselves; Authoring Our Own Narrative and Critiquing What&Who Has Been Told To&About Us.

James Baldwin on Racist Projection through Language

The Art Work of Emory Douglas, The Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party.


Audre Lorde ‘The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action

Intervention 2: ‘There’s Something Happening Here’

The power of language to call attention to the realities we’re living under.

“The profundity of the great realist (poet), the extent and the endurance of his or her success, depends in great measure on how clearly he or she perceives-as a creative writer- the true significance of whatever phenomenon she/he depicts. His or her goal is to penetrate the laws governing objective reality and to uncover the deeper, hidden, mediated, not immediately perceptible network of relationships that go to make up society.” — Gyorgy Lukacs

Buffalo Springfield ‘For What It’s Worth”

Chance the Rapper ‘Paranoia’

Intervention 3: The Funk and The Wielding Of Magic

The Channeling of Ancestors, Spirits, The Past, Healing and Elevation to a New Plane. The Mystical, the Intangible.

Gloria Anzaldua

“Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you.”

RIP Rich D’ Turf Feinz Mourning Dance.

Saul Williams ‘Coded Language.’

Intervention 4: Imagining New Wor(l)ds.

“When movements have been unable to clear the clouds, it has been the poets-no matter the medium-who have succeeded in imagining the color of the sky, in rendering the kinds of dreams and futures social movements are capable of producing. Knowing the color of the sky is far more important than counting the clouds. Or to put it another way, the most radical art is not protest art but works that take us to another place envision a different way of seeing, perhaps a different way of feeling.” — Robin Kelley ‘Freedom Dreams.’

Project SAFE World Aids Day 2007.

“Twitter bots aren’t the magic of alienated labor or the magic of manipulation. They’re honest magic, they’re chaos magic, the’yre real fuckin magic.”