My Q&A with Robert Okaji part ii

Daniel Paul Marshall

i would like first to thank everyone who read the first part & an especial thanks to those who followed me & commented; there were some fine comments & i hope i replied satisfactorily. my deepest gratitude is reserved for Robert who emailed me with spacing issues & worked tirelessly to fix them through a long & sleepless night, even utilizing alcohol as a catalyst for coping & working around the problem, the posts look great, i couldn’t be more pleased with them.

now that my verbal oblations are done: this part contains more on the process of my poetry, how i get one of the blighters out of me. i am really interested in this aspect of any art: how do we do it. i know it is complicated, but if anyone has the time & energy to share with me their processes, please do, i am always interested…

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22 thoughts on “My Q&A with Robert Okaji part ii

      1. they certainly know their way around the keys. i’d pick more interesting music though. i’m not a great admirer of Bach. i think classical music starting getting interesting when Beethoven came on the scene. i am perhaps one of those rare lovers of music who doesn’t like Mozart. madness isn’t it.

      2. I personally appreciate Bach and Mozart because of the ethereal intricateness of Baroque and the smooth melodies of Classical, but I also favor the dreamy elegance and epic nature of Beethoven, Schubert, Satie and Debussy as well.

        Do you like Borodin? I find this rendition of his Polvotsian dances (especially the piano part at 2:38) to be excellent:

      3. i don’t know Borodin. i used to listen to lots of classical music but not so much these days. the first man i admired was Mahler, i still find him the epitome of the composer genius.

      4. I like Mahler too, especially the adagietto. Other than classical, I also like music from the Ink Spots, the Platters, Al Bowlly etc. If it weren’t for music, I don’t think I would have written even half as well.

      5. Thank you, and I agree that Janacek is delightful. Thank you for recommending as I was not previously acquainted with his work. I’m listening to the piano right now.

      6. Taken your poem Begin in Seoul,to me its kind of like a vivid dream, it is order lost in the complexity life, it wanders like the musing mind and that is the beauty of it. The Piano also feels like that, the tune wanders and changes pace like a dreamer’s mind.

      7. you are close, but i’d say it is one form of chaos moving through a larger chaos, a major catalyst for the ‘form of chaos’ moving through that chaotic space. perhaps a piece of improvised music would fit better. i like that you’re not scared of forming your own opinion, a valid opinion it is too.

      8. Good point, and I like how your poetry is very rich in detail, to me it has the beauty of a dense forrest. Also, do you sometimes feel that Asian cities (despite all the new modern construction, rising real estate prices and wonderful new infrastructure) seem to lack something? For instance, when I look at Utrecht or all those Hanseatic cities dotting the Baltic sea, the beauty is simply out of this world to me.

      9. i don’t like Asian cities. Modernity has its utility but not beauty, unless you are so inclined. they lack culture, the reason? Asian cities are too business oriented; if the majority of the population want clean chic, where is the space for art? for creativity? i find it hard to see creativity in business.
        you are correct that my poetry is dense. that is a conscious direction i go in. but i try also to not waste space or words, i want condensed chaos that speaks volumes.

      10. I think it is self evident that you have succeeded in displaying the concise denseness you seek. As for the cities, what i find funny is that all those beautiful cities in Italy and the former Hanseatic League were also business oriented (i.e. merchant sea faring states) but for some reason they managed to even make their warehouses look great- i.e. Hamburg’s warehouse district with its canals.

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