On Context, Otherness and the Role of Poetry (an Interview from 2013)

For those of you who might care, I’m featured in an interview in Middle Gray.

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Originally posted in December 2013. Circumstances have changed a bit – I have more time to write these days, but somehow manage to constantly run behind…

39 thoughts on “On Context, Otherness and the Role of Poetry (an Interview from 2013)

    • Ha! A few months before this interview, I was asked some insightful questions about my writing by the poetry editor of another publication. Prior to that, I hadn’t thought much about why or how my poems came to be – they just did. But in order to answer her questions, I was forced to think (something I usually avoid), and subsequently spent a good deal of time mulling it over. The truth is my writing comes from what I don’t know, or rather from the exploration of what I don’t know. So I’m never lacking for material!

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  1. Bob, that was a very illuminating interview. I, too, am as interested in the empty gaps that hang in between incongruities which was what made your poetry so appealing to me. And that’s a rather lovely bookshelf you’ve got there! Eh…the curse of years of undirected reading…! A very understandable curse, I must say 😵🙃

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  2. “I’ve found that this self-imposed constriction offers me greater freedom” – I’ve long been keen on this fact of limitation in art. It’s wide open, you can do anything, but you cannot in fact do everything. Great interview, thanks for sharing these thoughts.

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    • I don’t use prompts in my daily writing, but when I’m offered them, rarely have problems with their restrictive natures. Eliminating the rest of the world, so to speak, eases the way. At least that’s how I see it. 🙂

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  3. I love your work, keep going.

    On Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 1:36 PM, O at the Edges wrote:

    > robert okaji posted: “For those of you who might care, I’m featured in an > interview in Middle Gray. Originally posted in December 2013. Circumstances > have changed a bit – I have more time to write these days, but somehow > manage to constantly run behind…” >

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