Window Open, Closed: by Robert Okaji



The written version of this poem has disappeared. To listen to the poet’s reading of the poem, click on the player below:

You can find more poetry by Robert Okaji on his blog HERE on in his new chapbook “If Your Matter Could Reform” which will be published in April of this year as the first book in the National Poetry Month series by Dink Press 

By bonniemcclellan

Mother, poet, american ex-pat from Texas living in Northern Italy.


  1. Another superb poem in the collection of February, Bonnie. Mr. Okaji has deftly captured something ineffable in his poem, something like glass when it turns to music, or music when it turns to glass. And of course, red eyes mean allergies, not grief. Subtle and precise.

  2. What a lovely poem on which to end another fantastic IPM! Thank you so much, writers, for sharing your work, and to you, Bonnie, brilliant curator, poet and person, for all of your hard work and dedication to this project! Write and shine, everybody!

  3. As Robert Okaji’s lovely kaleidoscope rests and the IPM2015 window closes, I want to say that, as a newcomer, I have thoroughly enjoyed this February poetic extravaganza. Thank you, John Stevens, for telling me about it. Thank you, Bonnie for creating it, and thank you my fellow toilers in the vineyard.

  4. Reblogged this on Dink Press and commented:
    A poem/reading by Robert Okaji. Dink Press will be publishing his chapbook, “If Your Matter Could Reform” in April. Keep your eyes peeled!

  5. A great month, Bonnie, and a phenomenal selection for the final work. I read it again immediately, thrice! I’m looking forward to the book, actually, thank you!

  6. Is this the end of IPM already? What a shame! But this is a fascinating poem to close with Bonnie — thank you for conducting the orchestra again, and please resume the podium next year!

  7. Much to reflect and pause for thought upon in this poem, Robert. An excellent segue to IPM2016. Thank you, Bonnie. IPM is a unique, first-rate event in my book, and it’s been a pleasure to join in with so many fine poets.

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