Take a text that uses a vocabulary different from your own – such as a paragraph from a medical, engineering, physics, dance or music journal or magazine or lyrics from a song. Cut the lines up and intercut them with lines of your own. You can use a complete line from the paragraph and then a line of your own, or you can use part of a line that is yours and part from the paragraph. Then try moving them around to see what new meaning and ideas you can generate.
Adapted from Anne Waldman’s “Collaborative ‘Cut-Up,’” in The Practice of Poetry.