Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. In a neural rush, EARLY LINOLEUM engages the propulsive flow of contemporaneous valences—psycho-geography meets in the force-field of biopolitical conditions. Poet activists congregate on the steps of the New York Public library, there's art beneath the dirt, rock outcroppings communicate with Jacques Derrida and the transactions that make war and love collide. In this textual sensorium, connections between climate ecology and political ecology are reckoned with somatically and lyrically, locally and globally. The thinking through charged spaces within and between human animal structures, especially during states of perpetual strife, as in global climate change and war—the dissonance, air, wind flow, coagulated ideas, affective registers—frequencies diffuse or mutate, streaming from urban sites to the rural and wild. This work is a revelatory and bold response for our times.
Brenda Iijima is a poet, novelist, playwright, choreographer, and visual artist. She is the author of nine books of poetry. 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. Her play, "Daily Life in China" is forthcoming from elis press in 2022, and her novel Presence is forthcoming from Georgia Review Press in 2023. Iijima is the founding editor-publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. She lives in Brooklyn. Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA