Brenda Iijima read at the Lake Forest College Literary Festival earlier this year, here is an excerpt from the notes I took, inspired by her discursive poetry:
I believe them when they say: drawing together, they settle into difference. With subtle contagion of body as structured text, titled ligatures in the midst, thick with emotional materiel, Brenda Iijima’s work rhymes—off or near—sight as sound. Nature for culture, culture as nature, “we/ can play school under a tree” or at war. Breaking and building in twitchy compression. A kind of necessity is created here for saying, rejuvenating myths, turning anger into jouissance, making of thoughts a river of light…Beware: we won’t be chagrined anymore; such subversion is the changing of the world. Is that what you meant?