A thrilling, discursive second collection from "a poet for this hour—bewildered, hopeful, and cracklingly alive” (Mark Doty).
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.