Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse). Based on an old parlor game, it was played by several people, each of whom would write a phrase on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his contribution. This took verbal collage to a collective level, fulfilling the idea that “poetry must be made by all and not by one.”Source: “Dada & Surrealist Art,” by William S. Rubin
In the spirit of collective collage, Plum invites the community to write a collective story during the Fall 2013 semester. The Plum editorial board held a first line contest for this collective story and anyone is welcome to add as little or as much to the story as they want. We do, however, reserve the right to delete any posts that are not in the spirit of the game. Otherwise, be creative and build the corpse!
The first line is…. (submitted by Chad Wright)
There is always a body somewhere.
To add to the story, write a line, a paragraph, or more in the comments box below, and hit submit. Your addition will appear immediately, though you might have to hit “refresh” to see it.