The Cloud Versus Grand Unification Theory: Poems

December 6, 2020
The Cloud Versus Grand Unification Theory: Poems

Consciousness and nostalgia in the Swipe RightageThis collection attempts to find poetry, or what GwendolynMacEwen once called "a single symmetry," amid the chaos of21st-century life. A powerful catalogue of loss and humanconnection, it considers not only how our identities are formed byplaces and experiences rooted in childhood, but also by digitalnewsfeeds, YouTube, and the "gospel of Spotify." These poemsintimately confront topics as diverse as quantum physics, videoarcades, mental illness, climate change, road rage, alcoholism,endangered species, and even a gigantic Noah's Ark replica.Chris Banks is a poet known for packing his lines with thoughtand feeling. Building on the generous work of John Koethe, LarryLevis, and Ada Limón, Banks's wildly expansive, often lyric, deeplyaccessible poems are brilliant meditations on what it means to behuman in a brave new world of cloud computing and smart phones.