Poetry. Environmental Studies. BIONIC COMMUNALITY demonstrates floral, faunal and mineral consciousness as a cacophonous, all-encompassing intensity of being together, collaboratively holding a space of lived histories and emergent matrixes of meaning. In a terrestrial and cosmic forcefield of vibrant interconnectedness, emergent relational and positional engagements are negotiated. Taking cues from motile and audiovisual sensation, improvisations and choreographed dances performed throughout Iijima's hometown inform language as it becomes active in 360 degrees. Submerged social facts are laid bare: femacide, ecocide, genocide. This is a work of the intimacies of civic participation. Liberational struggles find coalitional power. Dying is attended to, as is living. BIONIC COMMUNALITY is a vibrant catalyst for social transformation.
Brenda Iijima is a poet, playwright, choreographer and visual artist. She is the author of nine books of poetry. Her recent work includes BIONIC COMMUNALITY (Roof Books, 2021), REMEMBERING ANIMALS (Nightboat Books, 2016), and UNTIMELY DEATH IS DRIVEN OUT BEYOND THE HORIZON (1913 Press, 2015). Her involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of genre, mode, receptivity, and field of study. Her current work engages submerged and occluded histories, other-than-human modes of expression and telluric awareness in all forms. Iijima is the founding editor-publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. She lives in Brooklyn.Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA