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I am a devotee of Tristan Tzara who at 19 founded the Dada movement along with Hugo Ball and others in Zurich. Modern criticism doesn't seem to acknowledge the influence of Dada on the Beats, the New York School, Warhol and many others. In fact one professor dismissed Dada altogether for it's lack of social relevance and alleged inaccessibility. I find Tzara, unlike Breton, a leading surrealist figure and former dadaist who broke with the movement over ideological differences, highly accessible. I find the manic humor of his manifestos echoed in Ginberg's "America" and even some O'hara. Frank was also criticized for using his poems to lionize his friends. I think poetry while encompassing broader concerns poetry should not avoid the inside joke as the praxis is naturally both private and public.