Tuesday, March 13

Things - Francis Ponge

Rae Armantrout - "My favorite collection of the work of this French poet is Things, translated by Cid Corman (Grossman Publishers, Inc., 1971). It contains (mostly) prose poems with titles such as 'The Piece of Meat', 'The Oyster,' and 'The Notebook of the Pine Woods.' Ponge is a sort of naturalist. His poems are scientifically precise and full of accurate observation, yet they are also fanciful, subtly metaphorical, and eccentric. There is no poet remotely like him." (Bud...)
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