Reading Tahir Hamut Izgil's "Somewhere Else"*, I was confused by why "ants" specifically were brought up here:
night after night
one after another
I spoke the names of ants I’ve known
The placement of these lines at the end of a verse seems to indicate some importance. Why does he specifically speak "the names of ants"? Why is it important to qualify that these are ants he's "known"? Why is he saying their names "night after night"?
Basically, what is the importance of these lines, and what are they attempting to communicate?
* I first found the poem in a (paywalled) Atlantic article, for context