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This article is taken from PN Review 259, Volume 47 Number 5, May - June 2021.

From Simplistic Ethic Marcel Bénabou
A
for Raymond Queneau


Simplistic ethic                

Crude lesson

Imperfect apologue










Primordial teaching
Sober integrity
Indigent duty
Lowly maxim
Raw axiom
Base sermon
Primary conclusion

Explore at once
this mystery:
what sense does it make
really
to weld
this adjective
to this substantive

Facile precept
Elementary morality
Rudimentary right

Essential good

Infantile admonishment










Fundamental honesty

                

P
for Georges Perec


Secret stall

Night shop

Dull stand










Smoky bazar
Ignored stall        
Shady stall
Inferior shop              
Clandestine shop
Blurred company                  
Sibylline agency
 
It remains to be seen
what to do
with so many things
that must be
understood
deciphered
illuminated

Impenetrable bazar        
Obscure boutique
Occult stall

Little-known shop

Enigmatic workshop










Hermetic bazar

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