Poet Toying with the Idea of Writing Series of Novels

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), August 3, 2003 | Go to article overview

Poet Toying with the Idea of Writing Series of Novels


Byline: Oregon authors by The Register-Guard

Name: Howard Robertson, Eugene

He wrote: `My poems were included in `The Ahsahta Anthology: Modern and Contemporary Poetry of the American West,' a book published in 1996 by Ahsahta Press at Boise State University. My first book of poems, `To the Fierce Guard in the Assyrian Saloon,' was published in 1987, also by Ahsahta Press.'

What are your poems about? `The essential theme of my work is that living is a beautiful and terrible mystery that is best faced with humor, endurance and love.

``Nowadays, I would also speak of the ways in which my poetry is a mimesis of the streaming of Being through Nonbeing. My connection with this ontic flux has been strengthened by training in aikido.

``Unifying mind and body at the one point where the ki of the universe flows most powerfully through me has allowed me to know when my utterance is authentic and harmonious."

Have you lived outside of Eugene? `I have lived mostly in Oregon but also in Colorado, Mexico and Los Angeles. My great-great-great-grandfather was a captain on the Lost Wagon Train of 1853 that trekked through Central Oregon and crossed south of Diamond Peak to arrive at Eugene, so I am a sixth-generation Eugene resident.

``This spot is really the omphalos of my world, and my mentality has turned out to be sort of microcosm of the historical and prehistoric experience of this location.'

Why poetry and not short stories? `My sensibility seems to find its profoundest and most natural form of expression in poetry, especially in long philosophical poems, rather than in short stories or novels.

``Having said this, however, I should perhaps confess that I am harboring illusions about also attempting a series of novels on academia. …

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