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A Symmetry: Poems

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Unsettling the myth of an ordered reality through uncanny repetitions and elliptical inquiry, A Symmetry considers the inscriptions of nationhood, language, and ancestral memory. A window washer wields an impossibly long mop in the mirrored pane of a Greek government building; strangers mesmerize us while they fold sheets into perfect corners. “Artists who design border wa Unsettling the myth of an ordered reality through uncanny repetitions and elliptical inquiry, A Symmetry considers the inscriptions of nationhood, language, and ancestral memory. A window washer wields an impossibly long mop in the mirrored pane of a Greek government building; strangers mesmerize us while they fold sheets into perfect corners. “Artists who design border wall prototypes are artists / who say they ‘leave politics out of it.’” In meditative wanderings and compressed, enigmatic lyrics, Ari Banias probes the sometimes-touching, often-violent mundane to draw out the intimate, social proportions of our material world.


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Unsettling the myth of an ordered reality through uncanny repetitions and elliptical inquiry, A Symmetry considers the inscriptions of nationhood, language, and ancestral memory. A window washer wields an impossibly long mop in the mirrored pane of a Greek government building; strangers mesmerize us while they fold sheets into perfect corners. “Artists who design border wa Unsettling the myth of an ordered reality through uncanny repetitions and elliptical inquiry, A Symmetry considers the inscriptions of nationhood, language, and ancestral memory. A window washer wields an impossibly long mop in the mirrored pane of a Greek government building; strangers mesmerize us while they fold sheets into perfect corners. “Artists who design border wall prototypes are artists / who say they ‘leave politics out of it.’” In meditative wanderings and compressed, enigmatic lyrics, Ari Banias probes the sometimes-touching, often-violent mundane to draw out the intimate, social proportions of our material world.

32 review for A Symmetry: Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    ARC given by Edelweiss+ for Honest Review [3.5 stars] A Symmetry was a fine read. Banias weaves together metaphors and floral prose and poetry about language, community, gender, and travel. While it was somewhat overly verbose in certain pieces I did enjoy the poems about Greece and the imagery he captured in it. My favorite poems are "We Don't Drive To The Sea But We Talk About The Sea" and "Curriculum." ARC given by Edelweiss+ for Honest Review [3.5 stars] A Symmetry was a fine read. Banias weaves together metaphors and floral prose and poetry about language, community, gender, and travel. While it was somewhat overly verbose in certain pieces I did enjoy the poems about Greece and the imagery he captured in it. My favorite poems are "We Don't Drive To The Sea But We Talk About The Sea" and "Curriculum."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol Poliak

    Deep, complex and moving. You will want to read and re-read.

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    Selena

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    Nw23

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    Anna-Lena

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