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From Every Moment a Second by Robert Okaji

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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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.



From Every Moment a Second

by Robert Okaji

$14.99, paper


Robert Okaji attended grade school in France, graduated from high school in Italy, and earned a BA in history from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Texas with his wife, two dogs and some books.


2 reviews for From Every Moment a Second by Robert Okaji

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfectly rendered and very poignant. Worth every penny!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    It’s more than a cut above, it’s sublime! A work of art, inside and out. Within the span of a “moment,” Okaji reveals a world that’s as accessible and profound as it is beautiful.

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