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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

PhillySound Feature, issue #4: Brenda Iijima 


(photo of Brenda Iijima by Kerri Sonnenberg)

Welcome to issue #4 of PhillySound Feature, an occasional blog-zine which focuses on the work of a single poet. Members of our blog collective alternate editing issues and choosing poets to feature.

To read previous PhillySound features visit the zine's ARCHIVE.

Our fourth issue is dedicated to the very fine work of poet BRENDA IIJIMA.
Please enjoy,
CAConrad,
editor of issue #4

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Brenda Iijima is the author of AROUND SEA (O BOOKS, 2004) and several chapbooks, most recently, EARLY LINOLEUM (FURNITURE PRESS, 2004) and COLOR AND ITS ANTECEDENTS (YEN AGAT, 2004). ANIMATE, INANIMATE AIMS is forthcoming from LITMUS PRESS in early 2006. She runs PORTABLE PRESS AT YO-YO LABS from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn where she has lived for the last 7 years.

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From ECO QUARRY BELLWETHER by Brenda Iijima

Flock of seagulls hover in the embroidered dawn
        Glows the cathedral air
Peacefulness of creamy orange
        Salt splashed metamorphosis snowfield
Touch approaching festivals

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        Two texts usher in congeniality as various specifics
Of meaning begin to meld. Essentiality becomes
        Phantasmal. Infinite trajectories hone in on strings
Sublimation of mercurial zero

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Tenderness tied to this immediacy

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        Unfolding

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So, among the brook and hemlock outcroppings
        Wildness unhindered and spiraling
Dance spur beyond an abyss of an act itself
        Animal vitality freely—objects are blind effects
The sun tarnishes the feigned
        Nirvana veil

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Mountebank
        Fu fighters
Yá de l’ Un

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        With this message of self erasure
Read theoretically
        Determinism unraveling spool
Glued to the gap in symbolism
        Architectural fetish, self combustion

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Air brushed full name ozone
        Other names peel their veneers

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Summer tinge
        Heat
Lake's dimness loved
        Loved

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Wallow a nude whole
        We, marrow
Lounge spawns trust and timber
        We, lasting

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Pardon o parcel
        Immediate land
Expanses of sumptuous skin and brain
        Slash is residual
Every covering, coating, stroke
        Cadastral

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        In this
Conversion of paper

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        Sight recognition flight recognition
Extraneous trajectory migratory
        Song birds gave way to acid rain
Quietist of forest      quell

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        Under the underbrush lush spruce moss mulch
Pinecones jostle portrait
        Your stones take on resemblances to magic

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Pulsating ratios
        The paper screen is torn
Household effects enjoy flashing scenery
        Bluish summit of reliability
With reference to this dragging wind
        At night, difficult to know the season

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So it is at the gates of hell
        Giant ants pushing out
The acropolis bears the drama
        So thick of itself

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Then awareness of the giant condition about to seal coastal
        Fate. Fishing villages dissolve into murky tumbles
Of surf. The earth raked.
        Water encircled incoherently

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For
        As long as the horses survive
For
        As long as the bamboo grove
Survives
        For
As long as the song birds
        Survive
For as long as the

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        Torque, blanche
Where border where speech where
        Erosion, erect, erection, pinnacle

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Empty
        Clear
Hidden

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        What seems to go on
Forever
        As if forever
Bound for

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        I've been happy there echolocate
In awe

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        Bird telling lands since the mouth was born
And shook to pieces. Treasures of light in the beak
        Shimmers from cave to valley and sculptures
Theme of noise. Economic pressure. Chromium,
        Expertise. Besides, these mechanisms totter
Toward night. Terra Cotta. Sepia. Red arrow on the plot
        Pheromones. Grope cold clouds, carcasses
Even a horse joke. Frightening in a million bundles
        Give or take. Rhythm in relation to death.
Night is anything but night. Death follows

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        River carries on land to another as a voice does
Another passes loosely
        Blur

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Strata clearest

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