By Brenda Iijima Brenda Iijima
Prostrating before the golden figure
Against disinclination…later in the day…
All that remains…the extremely brittle foliage…
Abated, the thunder…our golden figure…
Her ugly hair held back by a pin…frenzied
Rushed down the forested hill that isolates sun
Highly explosive, flickering, foiling of your heightening hushed
Nick in the blue thing
Along negligence
Of the maidens
Shackled as sharp complication
Being as it were
Absorbed into
Whiten, whitening
Or white on white display
That play
That combusted
On stage
& Remus
The Janus figure
From Zaire

Brenda Iijima, “Puzzle” from Animate, Inanimate Aims. Copyright © 2007 by Brenda Iijima. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Animate Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press, 2007)

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Poet Brenda Iijima

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance, Mythology & Folklore

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Brenda Iijima grew up in North Adams, Massachusetts, and studied visual arts at Skidmore College. After teaching in China for a year, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she teaches and edits for Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, a publisher of poetry. Iijima’s collections of poetry include Around Sea (2004), Animate, Inanimate Aims (2007), Subsistence Equipment (2008), Revv. You’ll—ution (2009), and If Not Metamorphic (2010).

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Theater & Dance, Mythology & Folklore

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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