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

From Simplistic Ethic Marcel Bénabou
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
to weld
this adjective
to this substantive

Facile precept
Elementary morality
Rudimentary right

Essential good

Infantile admonishment

Fundamental honesty


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

Impenetrable bazar        
Obscure boutique
Occult stall

Little-known shop

Enigmatic workshop

Hermetic bazar


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