Chapbooks, etc.

IF YOUR MATTER COULD REFORM
Dink Press, 2015

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What they’re saying:

“Few poetry collections strike me to the core. In 2009, D. A. Powell reduced me and a third of his audience to shocked tears when we expected his witty, cutting verse and he recited “Chronic” from his then latest collection, Chronic. Now, Okaji has stepped up to the plate and added his work to the short list with this collection.”
Jaffa Kintigh

“Like the best, it’s steeped in Stygian waters, chipped at by the fine, diamond-point of time, and polished to an exacting degree.”
Leigh Ward-Smith

Order Details: Dink Press Store

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YOU BREAK WHAT FALLS
Origami Poems Project, 2015.

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An origami micro-chapbook (yes, that’s right), You Break What Falls is available for free download from The Origami Poems Project. As stated on their website, “The mission of the Origami Poems Project™ is the encouragement of literature & the arts by bringing Free Poetry to everyone through the printing and distribution (world-wide) of free Origami micro-chapbooks as well as through poetry events, both of which engender increasing awareness of and appreciation for the art of poetry… and for the poet in all of us.”

You Break What Falls

Don’t worry, they also provide folding instructions!

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HERON CLAN III
I’ve five poems appearing in this anthology containing the work of thirty-three poets from the U.S. and Asia.

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Available Here

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THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF OTHER
Silver Birch Press, 2015.

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My chapbook, The Circumference of Other, is included in Ides, a one-volume collection of fifteen chapbooks published by Silver Birch Press and available on Amazon.com.

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GOSSAMER: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry

I have four poems appearing in Gossamer: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry, published by Kindle Magazine, in Kolkata, India.

Available Here

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No Eye But the Moon’s: Adaptations from the Chinese
Origami Poems Project, 2016.

Another micro-chapbook.

Available Here

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Interval’s Night

Platypus Press, 2016.

A mini-digital-chapbook.

Available Here.

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From Every Moment a Second
Finishing Line Press (forthcoming, October 2017)

Shipping in October.

What they’re saying:

From the sex lives of mayflies to the plus and minus of human love, in his backyard or over the kitchen sink, Robert Okaji is a soul whisperer. With zen-like precision and depth he shepherds us between the habitual world, in which “the house finch sings as if/all air will expire at song’s end” and invisible realms where “the pear tree’s ghost shudders” and time does its magic act: “your breath/still out there//drifting”. He makes you think—a lot—then gives you a reason to laugh (“Wait, wait…I bought a ticket”). These poems please the palate in so many ways!

–Lynne Burnett

Robert Okaji has an uncanny knack for observing what moves in the shadow of a word: in the numinously ordinary things abiding on shelves and in boxes. Writing with a reticent and inquisitive eye, he finds the unspoken grace in an unremarkable bird, an incomplete spice rack, or the soapy remnants of a morning shave, all documented in the inevitable music of his craft. The result is this chapbook: a rustic, elegant anthology of doubt and illumination, and superior example of 21st century Americana.

–Daniel Schnee, ethnomusicologist.

We worry about where we are in this new century, but here is a poet whose concerns are one step ahead of us — delving centuries behind to get there. If we are indeed in a deeper “economy of dying” as he writes in “Take Away,” then Robert Okaji is our foremost venture capitalist — investing the grim with whimsy, rejoicing without looking away, looking forward without forgetting. Be warned, nothing is too easy in his world; even comfort is a “runaway bus,” and having a ticket does not guarantee it will stop for you.

–Jeff Schwaner, author of Wind Intervals.

Available Here

 

47 thoughts on “Chapbooks, etc.

  1. I’m teaching a group of high school English language learners this year who are just learning to read. I’ve been developing a unit using origami, thinking that they could use their creativity while learning to read and follow instructions. This idea blew me away. Awesome.

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  2. Love, love, love your Origami poems chapbook! Wish I had seen this while I was still teaching! Thank you for sharing it. I have it in my purse to take out whenever. Your poetry is perfect for posting on the wall and just reflecting on in moments when I have time to breathe. I’m particularly partial to Dog and In Praise of Rain.
    Susan

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  5. The origami book is a great thing, isn’t it? I saw Danny Gregory using this technique in a ‘Study Hall’ video to tell a story in drawings. And I’ve already got one folded on the table, waiting to be filled. Now that I’ve seen your blog, I feel it should be a mix of drawings and poems.
    It feels so good to be inspired again. Thank you!

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  6. Oh, my goodness. I am getting ready to put out a poetry book here pretty soon.I am in panic mode. I’ve three novels under my belt and I did fine with those. This? THIS!? I’m ready to run and hide under a rock.

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  9. Ever since I’ve been reading work posted on your blog, I’ve been seeing your name pop up around various literary venues (such as Hermeneutic Chaos, a personal favorite of mine). Seeing your successful online presence is very inspiring. Thank you for this, and I hope to follow you for years to come!

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    • Thanks, Jenna. I created the blog primarily because I had no true writing community – not being a member of a writing group, and lacking the built-in advantages that come with creative writing programs. It’s been very rewarding, and has offered opportunities that I’d not otherwise have seen.

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  16. Dear O: What a very pleasant surprise to see your origami micro-chapbook! I learned to make this from my students when I was teaching at the Japanese International School in Düsseldorf, way back in the 90s. Thanks for taking me down memory lane. Will find time to download it to savour when done with re-constructing broken down website and online shop and tax return and and and. FM:)

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