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By Francis Ponge

Francis Ponge boldly publicizes his poetic target in Mute gadgets of Expression: "To settle for the problem that items provide to language." those objects—less selected than obtained spontaneously—are perceived with inimitable Pongean humor and rendered into glimmering nonetheless lifes. He supplies voice to the usually not noted facets of normal gadgets and beings. Shunning time-honored poetic modes, Ponge forges new visions, photographs drawn from nature, from mythology and the classics. during this quantity, springing from the Loire nation-state within the early Nineteen Forties, Ponge’s "prôems" bear in mind the violent body spray of the mimosa, the cries of carnations, and the flirtations of wasps. From a small word- booklet, his sole offer of paper withinthe wartime deprivations, he composes repeated drafts of an cutting edge shape combining poetry with research and impish play. regardless of the demoralizing clouds of career, Ponge wrests a hovering paean to his loved sliver of Provence.

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Mute Objects of Expression

Francis Ponge boldly announces his poetic aim in Mute items of Expression: "To settle for the problem that gadgets supply to language. " those objects—less selected than bought spontaneously—are perceived with inimitable Pongean humor and rendered into glimmering nonetheless lifes. He supplies voice to the customarily overlooked facets of usual items and beings.

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44 ▸ Nature Poem Yesterday it was marsh marigolds by the river with my mother and in the afternoon forsythia with Chris  (he dislikes it) and today it is grass again with ants departing  or heading toward each other to exchange an urgent message  Church bells are literally ringing and then oh my god the train  and jesus christ a butterfly lovely brown with off-white tips and every now and then irregular lavender spots  It’s not necessary to write everything down When a creature quietly tends to itself  I am happy and by extension earlier I thought for actually a very long time ▾ 45 about ants and the impossibility of ant masturbation They do not love themselves enough They only love each other 46 ▸ They Are Leaving You a Message ▪ for Arda Collins What they are trying to tell you is you are wearing the wrong bra for your shape and situation This might not even be your life and in the midst of my thinking to tell you this a fruit fly has begun to trail me through the house as if I were its mother or as if it were the other way around and it always is and the house is on fire at some point in the simultaneity and I am leaving it to buy all the things I do and do not devour ▾ 47 Drapes They were erecting a conversation in the middle of the inconsequential afternoon  like one of those unnatural flowers you drop into water and watch immediately blossom  And then then what Has anything changed?

44 ▸ Nature Poem Yesterday it was marsh marigolds by the river with my mother and in the afternoon forsythia with Chris  (he dislikes it) and today it is grass again with ants departing  or heading toward each other to exchange an urgent message  Church bells are literally ringing and then oh my god the train  and jesus christ a butterfly lovely brown with off-white tips and every now and then irregular lavender spots  It’s not necessary to write everything down When a creature quietly tends to itself  I am happy and by extension earlier I thought for actually a very long time ▾ 45 about ants and the impossibility of ant masturbation They do not love themselves enough They only love each other 46 ▸ They Are Leaving You a Message ▪ for Arda Collins What they are trying to tell you is you are wearing the wrong bra for your shape and situation This might not even be your life and in the midst of my thinking to tell you this a fruit fly has begun to trail me through the house as if I were its mother or as if it were the other way around and it always is and the house is on fire at some point in the simultaneity and I am leaving it to buy all the things I do and do not devour ▾ 47 Drapes They were erecting a conversation in the middle of the inconsequential afternoon  like one of those unnatural flowers you drop into water and watch immediately blossom  And then then what Has anything changed?

I’m with you. … (garbled) … I’m standing directly in the shadow now everything is sufficiently bright, everything is very clearly Okay 34 ▸ It’s … I’m a long way out Buzz? I… I have no flags I’m in minimum flow clear and spiderly Are you getting a picture now, Houston? Yes, Neil, we are getting a picture ▾ 35 Neil, You’ve got three more steps and then a long one A little more There, you got it. That’s a good step There you go 36 ▸ ▾ 37 38 ▸ And This Too Comes Apart People agree with sleep They nod into it but death they sometimes fight off until they can’t  and then from their graves they stick out their tongues Good for them Good for the people In the world I can see there is one tree still raining The sun blares around  lights it up in lines alongside the spiders’ They have an arrangement a private design When I’m arranged into a mother I will name my child Incredulity and like it so much I’ll do it again  three or four or eight times ▾ 39 Stand up!

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