Robert Okaji's poetry has appeared in Panoply, Eclectica, Poetry Breakfast, Clade Song, Otoliths and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook If Your Matter Could Reform (Dink Press), and the chapbook-length “The Circumference of Other,” which appears in Ides: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (Silver Birch Press), as well as the Origami Poems Project's You Break What Falls.
He lives in Texas with his wife, two dogs and some books. Visit his blog, O at the Edges, at robertokaji.com.
► Robert's Origami microchaps & selected poems are available below. Download the single-page micro-chapbook by clicking the title. To read the selected poem, also click on the title.
Cover: ‘Beach Cairn’ by John Repoza:
In Praise of Rain
Which is not to say lightning or hail.
Sometimes I forget to open the umbrella
until my glasses remind me: Wake up,
you're wet! If scarcity breeds
value, what is a thunderhead worth
in July? A light shower in August?
Even spreadsheets can’t tell us.
Robert Okaji © 2015
Cover: City of Dreams - Snow Moon
by Lauri Burke
“These are adaptations of Chinese poems -
five from the Tang Dynasty, and one
from the Song. I call them adaptations
rather than translations because I neither
read nor speak Chinese, and have used
transliterations to produce these versions.”
- Robert Okaji
Parting from Wang Wei
(after Meng Haoran)
These quiet days are ending
and now I must leave.
I miss my home’s sweet grasses
but will grieve at parting – we’ve
eased each other’s burdens on this road.
True friends are scarce in life.
I should just stay there alone, forever
behind the closed gate.
Robert Okaji © 2016