Poetry. IF NOT METAMORPHIC uses the long form, frequently in choral antiphon, to ask what kind of pressures exert change—as in the title poem, where war and human cruelty have turned even the kelp murderous—and what exactly is changed: sometimes words take on other forms before our eyes, sometimes sentences try on new endings in shameless view, and puns on popular culture poke through the deepest meditation. These poems truncate and disrupt narrative, borrowing now from the parataxis of renku, now from the verse-prose travelogue of haibun, but do not foreclose the possiblity of ephiphany; Iijima still envisions a "Great Swan" that holds within it creation and destruction: "Eureka / Or death?" The book was Peter Gizzi's selection for runner-up in the 2007 Sawtooth Poetry Prize contest.
"Panthering" from the book recipient ofCAConrad's Annual Sexiest Poem of the YearAward 2010Patrick Dunagan @ Tarpaulin Sky ReviewsChristopher Kondrich @ CutBank ReviewsHarry Thorne @ Galatea ResurrectsTom Beckett @ Galatea ResurrectsEllen Welcker @ The Quarterly ConversationGreg Bem @ The Set
Brenda Iijima is the author of six full-length collections of poetry including EARLY LINOLEUM (Counterpath Press, 2015) and IF NOT METAMORPHIC (Ahsahta Press, 2010) as well as numerous chapbooks and artist's books. She is also the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books, 2010) and editor of ECO LANGUAGE READER. She lives in Brooklyn.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA