by Ari Banias


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“Ari Banias is one of the best living poets, and this book in your hands is our proof. Anybody is the courage of a poet who trusts the strength of poetry to make room in our world for everybody.” —CAConrad

In Anybody, Ari Banias takes up questions of recognition and belonging: how boundaries are drawn and managed, the ways he and she, us and them, here and elsewhere are kept separate, and at what cost identities and selves are forged. Moving through iconic and imagined landscapes, Anybody confronts the strangeness of being alive and of being a restlessly gendered, queer, emotive body. Wherever the poet turns—the cruising spaces of Fire Island, a city lake, a Greek island, a bodega-turned-coffee-shop—he finds the charge of boundedness and signification, the implications of what it means to be a this instead of a that. Witty, tender, and original, these poems pierce the constructs that define our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393355444
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 598,193
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ari Banias has held fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He teaches writing and works with small press books in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents


Some Kind of We 3

At Any Given Moment 5

Narrative 8

Wilder 10

On Pockets 11

Giant Snowballs 13

Who You're About to be 14

Grandchild 16

An Arrow 17

Solve For X 19

Close 21

One Possible Reading Among Many 23

Villagers 25

Morphology 26

Double Mastectomy 28

The Flattened Grass that Holds Your Shape 29

The Men 31

Being with You Makes Me Think About 34


Exquisite Corpse 39

The Feeling 41

Prairie Restoration Project 43

To the God of Sobriety 45

Handshake 46

A Sunset 49

Your Wild Domesticated Inner Life 50

Where We Sit Watching 52

Wedding 55

Enough 56

Who Is Ghost 59

A Version 60

Aren't We 62

Gay Bars 64

Hog 66


Bouquet 71

Find Love in Brooklyn Now! 73

The Hole 75

Still Here 77

Authentic City 79

Volley 80

Horizontal 82

Recognition is the Misrecognition You Can Bear 84

Various Attentions All Landing Like Birds into the Same Tree and Thrilling There Some Minutes at Dusk 87

Dot Not Dot 89

No More Birds 91

Acknowledgments 93

Notes 95

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