Friday, March 5, 2021

new from above/ground press: Moonbathing in Al Faiyūm, by Brenda Iijima

Moonbathing in Al Faiyūm
Brenda Iijima

Gradually my body gives over to the Sun
Mimics the Sun, becomes the Sun
For a time, there was borderline confusion
Blood recedes, dismisses lunation
Between syzygies is magma
Flowing in a braid of silver nerve energy

Flora and fauna translate atmosphere
Feeling the Sun is a primary need

Money grubbers without soul
What does the Sun know of them?

The Sun cares about flora
Flora interpret the Sun’s rays
Into a disposition of energy conducive
To earthly mattering
We are Sun’s abundance

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Brenda Iijima
is a poet, playwright, choreographer and visual artist. She is the author of nine books of poetry. Her involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of genre, process, 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 most recent book, Bionic Communality, is just out from Roof Books. Her first play, Daily Life in China, will be published in spring, 2021 by elis press. Iijima is the founding editor-publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. She lives in Brooklyn.

This is Iijima’s second chapbook with above/ground press, after SWAMP/SWAMP (2017).

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