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Ponge, Francis

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ISBN 10: 0873760581 / ISBN 13: 9780873760584
Verlag: Red Dust, New York, 1995
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Titel: Vegetation

Verlag: Red Dust, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1995

Einband: paperback


Art des Buches: Used

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Poetry. Translated from the French by Lee Fahnestock. Francis Ponge's VEGETATION is a short grouping of pieces originally published in his book Le Parti Pris des Choses in 1942. Interested in the "copulation of things and words," Ponge aimed to bring a materiality of language to surface. Lee Fahnestock is a critic and translator who has contributed to a new version of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables and completed a later work of Ponge's in translation, "The Making of the Pre."

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Accept the challenge things offer to language. For instance these carnations defy language. I won't give up until I have put together a few words that will make anyone reading or hearing them say-- this has to do with something like a carnation. Is that poetry? I have no idea, and it scarcely matters. For me it is a need, a commitment, a rage, a matter of self-respect and that's all there is to it....

2 Contrast it to calm, rounded flowers-- arum, lilies, camellias, tuberoses. Not that it is crazy, but it is violent (though well compacted, put together within reasonable limits)

3 At stem-tip, the luxurious marvels of its linen come unbuttoned from a toggle, unbudded from a supple node of leaves. Carnations, those marvelous rags. How clean they are.

4 Breathing them in, you feel a pleasure whose other side would be a sneeze. Seeing them, the pleasure you feel at the sight of the underpants, with fine cut lace, of a young girl who cares for her linens.

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