Dadaist Collage Prose Poems: Mastodon Sequence

As an experiment in both Mass Media Principles and creative writing constraints, I have been composing Dadaist Collage Poems within the limitations of Mastodon Toots(text-posts). A Tweet has a character limit of 280 – which works well with micropoetry, such as haiku, senryu, and tanka. A Mastodon Toot has a 500-character limit, which allowing for hashtags provides for a longer composition.

Each Mass Medium has its own set of codes and conventions. When you choose to create within that medium those codes and conventions become an implied space that provides both possibilities and limitations to the creative process.  The number of characters constrains the word choice, as does the choice whether to include hashtags. Also, the layout of the  public post is slightly different from how it appears on the shared Timelines of the users’ accounts – in effect, creating different visual configurations for different target audience.

****NOTE: Images used in this blog post were from the shared Timeline Toots. Click HERE to see them on my public site.

The text for the poems was acquired from a Random Word Generator and bits of word and phrases from an assortment of online articles. They were then processed and edited within the constraints of the Mastodon character limit. So far, I have composed three of these Mastodon Dadaist collage prose poems.





storage space reprieve – matrix’s April Fool


Clarification of the changes in the WordPress Storage Space has come. Thanks again to carabeinsplash for tracking down the information:

I found more information in the Help Forum. Some people went directly to the source a lot quicker than me. Apparently, the 500Mb storage is for NEW sites. “Legacy” sites i.e. sites active before the storage change will keep their 3GB storage. They say the labelling of 500Mb restriction on our legacy sites is a bug that they’re working on.
Now, they’re only offering ONE paid plan (Pro) which will be $15/month which is $180/year. I don’t know if this only affects new sites or all sites.

So to sum up, WordPress instituted a change just before April Fool’s Day, that is part of a retooling of the pricing and media library storage space – no advanced notification to users. Not all elements are in place and a glitch caused long time & recent users to discover that their storage space has been maxed-out, but it wasn’t. Also new users will find that they can still exceed the max number.

Well, I wasn’t too stressed. JPK


Surreal Thursday: 6 Surreals

Surreals – one line prose poems that express/describe a slipstream dreamscape reality/consciousness. A patacognition approach to composing poetry and  dealing with themes of Mass Media, communication, and internal and external environments. Various poetic devices can be used , including pataphors.

Slipstream Genre : A mixed/crossed genre that rests between surreal literature, fantasy literature, speculative fiction, and weird fiction.  More information Here.




Visualization of the surreal number tree.


hangnail: blank memory bank lost the thread to this poem – fingers can’t find the keyboard



GPS: looking out with blood ruby eyes – the crystal skull watches the children fleeing demoralized armies as the puzzled sasquatch pilots the #UAP over canola fields



the stonewall holds the garden tightly – bones of contention well mortared




better movie memory tips with Paper Clip Christ – includes Rapture – just $$$$$$$$$$$$$ 31.95





Marlene Dietrich merrily outpaces the breathless mathematician in a purple skirt – the decadent butterfly effortlessly descends on to the broken machinery as the optical lens is adjusted for the chafing light




pen slips down the stream of consciousness in a cummerbund of complexity, Mayor demands return of Town Pig, high school team wins roller-derby championship third year in a row – WeePiXi News at 11:00 #townpig #rollerderby


Blog Codes & Conventions – an implied space

Top Posts

misty rain at the lake

asemic postcard 125

The Sage Steampunk Dadaist Pontificates

dadaist collage poem 46

Muse in the Night – Snowy Pagan Museum

asemic snapshots 126 & 128

fibku blue sky reflects

oven pan abstracts 94qb – 94qbt

asemic snapshots – Dakota & Natasha

oven pan abstracts 95qb~qbt~qbv



One of the interesting things about blogs is that, as a form of social media, it is digital text, as opposed to print media ( printed or hard text). A blog is a separate medium, with its own set of codes & conventions. As a consequence, composing and reading a blog post requires different  Media Literacy skills from print media ( such as magazine, journals, or newspapers)

A simple proof of this – print out a blog page or post. What becomes obvious is that the intended message (content) is disrupted and degraded. As Marshall McLuhan stated, the Medium is the Message. When you attempt to deliver the same message in different media, something in the message changes – the experiences of reading the novel or seeing a movie or serialized  television adaptation are always different.

When we consider that the blog post is digital text, we quickly see that it can covey information that is lost when it is turned into a print media. The following examples of digital text convey information in a blog post, but they can not do so as print text.

Huggin’ The Keys


    Digital text allows the blog post to turn a wide range of other media into content. Print text can only use photographs and illustrations (separate media) as content. Another quality of digital text is that it can have Hypertext links.  This extends the message’s depth and expands context.  There are already 14 links in this post (they all open on separate tabs) that provide additional information and sources.

Frequent visitors to this blog will be aware that I take advantage of the range of media in many of my posts. When I provide links, I make sure that they open in their tab.  I am fascinated by how reader activity shapes the hyperlinked selection of  top posts & pages, modifying the visual impact of the blog. 

A personal quirk of mine, is how I sometimes click likes on other bloggers’ posts. I will, on occasion, try to match up the images. My criteria includes source, colour or monochrome images, and type of art. This creates new context for the other bloggers’ compositions & blog posts.

The examples  of Top Posts & Posts I Liked, are from Nov. 20, 2021. In effect, they are historical artifacts. This demonstrates another characteristic of digital text, it can be dynamic & change. You could visit the same blog post over any number of times, and find the extended contextual layout is different. Do these changes modify how a reader interprets the post?

One final consideration, I’ve noticed that the blog layout, with sidebars and footers, are best viewed on a desktop or laptop screen. The layout doesn’t work well on a tablet. I can not imagine reading a blog post on a phone screen.  If the blog post is altered, depending on the type of device used, does that mean the message has been altered, in a similar manner, as if it was printed ? Would that mean that each digital device, even though they can carry the same social media, are in fact different ?

Hope you visit the links provided.  Do you use these type links on your blogs? Do you use them when visiting other blogs ?


Door Handle Art  Laurie Freitag Urban Jungle

Brick      Woman No. 5 and Other Nude Art (Collages)

bodily maps      art from Wednesday Studio

autumn composition 2021 7  nailed it again

explosion    recycled doors

thursday doors cordoba    thursday doors 111121

colourful doors of Mexico   Art of Pablo Picasso

Nils-Ole Lund: Collage Artist    Collage Poem Art – Imagine