Anybody: Poems


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.3 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Poetry, and the Nation, among other publications. He lives in Oakland, California.


[Anybody] is the portrait of an inner life that asks itself steadily how anybody or any body can be said to be anybody--girl, boy, fox...This charming, chattering young self is preoccupied with...poignant absences.
To speak any truth that can resonate beyond the particularities of their position, a poet must understand every particularity of that position, and all the forces that intersect to determine their view of the world. Banias is such a poet. It is questions about what constitutes the lyric and the universal...that drive his debut collection forward, and his readers into a more expansive, fully considered future.
Banias poses questions of identity and belonging in his striking debut...In lines alternately straight-talking and philosophical, Banias asks what it means to be 'a white dude' in our country, to be educated and privileged but still 'a fake man.'
Ari Banias has written one of the finest first books (OK, any book!) that I've ever read...These poems stake a claim on the future: they give us a poet who understands to the bone how syntax and line and music embody emotion, and how the integrity of the spirit is the maker's integrity.--Tom Sleigh