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 of CAConrad's Annual Sexiest Poem of the Year Award 2010Patrick Dunagan @ Tarpaulin Sky ReviewsChristopher Kondrich @ CutBank ReviewsHarry Thorne @ Galatea ResurrectsTom Beckett @ Galatea ResurrectsEllen Welcker @ The Quarterly ConversationGreg Bem @ The Set
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