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Mute Objects of Expression Paperback – Deckle Edge, Jun 2 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Archipelago (June 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976395037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976395034
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #729,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No poet has looked more determinedly or more ferociously at things than Francis Ponge. —Peter Sirr

Ponge forfeits no resource of language, natural or unnatural. He positively dines upon the etymological root, seasoning it with fantastic gaiety and invention. —James Merrill

Francis Ponge’s prose accepts the truth that things themselves defy our language. The writing accepts this, but is not resigned to it: in Ponge, the presence of trees, ‘the slow production of wood,’ senility itself, bespeak a blazing conflagration that has not happened, which is to say that in Ponge, Being holds out against its every nemesis, and both Being and Non-Being offer themselves to our dream of silence. Ponge is the great poet of our being with things. —Leonard Schwartz

Ponge wrote like a scientist whose language is poetry. He was endlessly inquisitive about his subjects--including the wasp, birds, the carnation, "The Pleasure of the Pine Woods"—but what we end up learning is how the mind animates the world. —American Poet Journal

About the Author

Born in 1899, Francis Ponge studied both law and philosophy before taking up a variety of editorial and teaching jobs. Le parti pris des choses, published by Gallimard in 1942, caught the attention of writers and artists. Wide recognition came in the sixties when Gallimard published several large collections of his poetry and essays. Ponge avoided appeals to emotion and symbolism, and instead sought to minutely recreate the world of experience of everyday objects with playful neologisms and his own phenome- nological ballet. He described his poetry as "a description-definition-literary artwork" that avoided both the drabness of a dictionary and the inadequacy of poetry. He died in 1989. Lee Fahnestock is a translator and critic. Long an admirer of Ponge, she has published translations of Vegetation, The Nature of Things, and The Making of Pre. Her translation, with Norman MacAfee, of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and her translations of Jean-Paul Sartre’s letters to Simone de Beauvoir have been widely celebrated.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1e8aca8) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xa1cb9168) out of 5 stars His poetry is better July 17 2016
By derek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Eloquent, lyrical descriptions of objects, related and sometimes compared to various groups of human beings. After first emphasizing his devotion to the pure, unfiltered presence of objects that he claims to see, he then compares "she", meaning women, to the wasp insect. Later on in the beginning of The Pinewood Notebook, he compares Africans with not only trees, but tree lichens. If you don't mind these comparisons, or if you enjoy making them, or if you can find a way to ignore them, this book might be a richly detailed read for you. If not, Ponge's objects will not seem infinite--as real ones truly are--they will either be symbolic representations of people, or they will look like they strive to be superior to people, i.e. social groups in the service of objects: humans objectified.
I really did want to like it, but I have grown tired of reading--and listening--to people objectifying Others.
By Alex TB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My favorite book EVER! Ponge is a genius!!! He had things to say about objects that I'd never heard expressed before. Beyond brilliant