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Crazy Poet? or Genius?
The Baroness was an avant-garde poetess, actress, entertainer that lived from 1894-1927. I’m not going to rewrite her bio but suffice it to say she was quite a character.
Ryerson University calls her “. . . a neurasthenic, kleptomaniac, and man-chasing proto-punk poet and artist.” She was “the first American Dada” not only dressed and behaved with purposeful outrageousness, but she set an example that went well beyond the eccentric divas of the twenty-first century.”
You can find poems written by her on the web.
She wrote in a dada-ist style. I think next time I’ll give an example of what that is.
For those of you who don’t write poetry, I guarantee you can write a dada poem.
Meanwhile, stir up A Dozen Cocktails and read some Baroness poetry.
(I don’t advocate drinking a dozen cocktails–that’s the name of one of her poems.)