An eclectic collection of lyrical poetry and prose, organized into four volumes, written by Jay Leonard Schwartz, a self-confessed dadaist-at-large, and an American living in Greece. Many of the pieces included were originally written and performed either as songs or prose published on the author's blog of the same name.
Written with the aim of liberating the creative spirit via self-actualization ideology and in part through the "Dada" idiom, this highly introspective collection of writings represents the author's battles with his own inner-chaos and the dysfunction he has faced in the "establishment" of the societies he has lived in on two continents. Like the dadaists of the early twentieth century art movement, the author vehemently lampoons convention, mainstream thinking and even himself as he champions creative expression, poetic-license, and non-conformism. The deeply personal writings represent an explosive cocktail of psycho-social commentary on existential-angst, society, apathy, love, dualism, bureaucracy, authoritarianism, politics, poverty, organized-religion, populism, consumerism and many other life and societal issues. True to the Dada idiom, this collection of writings conveys a great sense of brevity, outrage and pain and a unique blend of nihilism and humanism. The reader will also encounter over-the-top playful elements of absurdist drama and equal parts heart-wrenching soul-ache, that seemingly on occasion lovingly embrace and then ironically satirizes the literary style of a beat-generation poet. Jay Leonard Schwartz is a writer, musician, composer, digital-artist and art-film/video producer (Dada Venduza, Dada Ausfarht). He also is a long-time teacher and teacher-trainer of English as a Foreign Language and has a degree in psychology. Although he is an American, born in Miami, Florida, he has lived in Greece for more than 20 years. As the creator of Dada Bloq Productions, he is a producer of dadaism and avant-garde related projects along with his own musical compositions.