An Introduction To Robert Okaji

I feel a tad self-conscious about reblogging this, but am grateful to Daniel for taking the time and effort. Thank you, Dan.

Dr. Daniel Schnee


ロバート・岡地: 天才


Poetry is a strange thing. It is often amazing, but also often considered by its detractors as odd scribblings that seem to have nothing to do with anything that makes a difference in our world. How can we understand poetry? The common mental image of the poet is one who lays around avoiding actual work; a precious elitist laying on silk cushions writing pretty, rhyming nonsense, or maybe the Beat poet sitting around abusing opioids and writing strange, dirty things. The real struggle then is to find a path away from the idea of silk pillows and heroin to a place where poems – beautiful ways of saying – matter to us.

Thankfully, the struggle is not a struggle at all when we peek behind words and look at the Logos of a poet, the organizing principle or principles that animates his/her words. And there are few…

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30 thoughts on “An Introduction To Robert Okaji

  1. Robert I know this was about “your work” and well-written and informed (though I’m glad I haven’t experienced quite such a negative social view of the poet – phew). What’s missing from the piece, (I think to keep it in context with the poetry) was one important note about the poet himself – your commitment to poetry and generosity of word and spirit to all of us – is huge. Thanks for that.

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  2. i have already expressed to Daniel my praises; however, it occurred to me Daniel, one point that would have been interesting to include & that is Robert’s process (sorry to talk as though you’re not here Robert). i think the actually process of making, writing, composing a poem is seldom touched upon & it would offer a window into something of the poet’s character.

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  3. Just from having read your poetry, I don’t see it as something that took no effort. It certainly takes real thought to word things in such a way that someone else “feels” those words. There are several of your poems that I have read that did just that, and I ended up going into serious contemplation in a few cases. I enjoy reading your work and will continue to read it.

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  6. I am always leery of deconstruction. Art or artist seldom depicted fairly as the sum of the parts falls short of the whole. I always wonder about the presumptions being made about the intention, etc.
    This was an enjoyable dissertation, and certainly worthy of you reblogging, Robert.
    It would have been more interesting to read about the poet, but I suspect that like many of your pictures you choose to keep the face partially concealed.
    Nice tribute and I agree with Daniel.

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