Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. THE ANTS is a study not
of, but through, ants. In a dashing sequence of prose pieces,
Sawako Nakayasu takes the human to the level of the ant, and the
ant to the level of the human. Prima facie, THE ANTS is a catalogue
of insect observations and observations of insects. But the expose
of insect life humbles and disrupts the myopia that is human life,
where experience is seen in its most raw and animal form and human
"nouveau- ambitious" and "free-thinking" lifestyles become
estranged, uncovered, and humbled. Found in the soups of dumplings
and remembered in childhood vignettes, these ants trail through
what Nayayasu writes as the "industry of survival," exploring
interfaces of love, ambition, and strategy. The danger is not in
sentiment, but rather, in a gash, a wall, an argument, an
intention. Is it more lonely to be crushed into the core of a non-
mechanical pencil, to be isolated in the safety of home, or to
"find" "it" "all" at the very very last moment? THE ANTS is the
distance, the break, the tenuous wilderness between exoskeleton and
endoskeleton, and Nakayasu puts her finger on it, and it, and it.
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