Francis Ponge’s Soap (1969)

Old comic books in the attic, dusty trinkets under the bed and sparkly nail polish trapped at ponge-soapthe back of the drawer… happy surprises are everywhere, waiting to be discovered. And Francis Ponge’s Soap is one of them.

It’s a rhapsody on the theme of, um, soap. Started in 1943, when a good bar of soap was hard to get hold of in occupied Paris; and eventually completed in 1965. Ponge fondles and caresses his topic until it wanes away to nothing…

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