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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  1. I find that music is very important in stimulating creativity for me. I created this new page to recommend underrated artists who play pieces I particularly enjoy: https://purelandsutras.wordpress.com/music-recommendations/

    Tell me what you think

    1. you have too many menu options so i can’t read the content.

      1. Sorry, I’ve made more space. So what did you think about the music, I feel that the performance is concert level professional but completely underrated.

      2. 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.

      3. 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:

      4. 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.

      5. 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.

      6. ah Mahler’s adagietto, just lovely.

      7. It is divine! I think the adagietto and Ravel’s Pavane (orchestral version) are in a class of their own.

      8. you have good taste. a little known Janacek is worth finding. his Glagolitic mass & hiss piano works Into the Mist & On an Overgrown path are in that class of their own.

      9. 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.

      10. i like that he ties them together with a theme that we are sort of left to wander about in, like a book of poems.

      11. Agree, to me it feels like your poetry.

      12. o, i don’t know about that. i never thought to match my music to any sort of music. what makes you say that?

      13. 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.

      14. 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.

      15. 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.

      16. 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.

      17. 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.

      18. watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHw4MMEnmpc or read George Santayana’s The Sense of Beauty Being a Theory of Aesthetic Principle & you’ll start to know why.
        thank you for your kind comments on my poems. they are something that consume my time & it makes that consumed time worth consuming when somebody notes their value, so again, thank you.

      19. Thank you for the vid, I’ll watch it right after dinner. And I look forward to your upcoming works (also the photograph of the broken wing mirror is very good).

      20. my version of a selfie. i put a new poem, well a haibun up today. enjoy the documentary it is very good. Scruton writes a lot about music. i think you’ll like him.

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