Reflections on Craft
We were blown away by the amazing submissions we got on the topic of craft. Get cozy before you start reading this issue because it's packed full. Enjoy exploring the artist process and the thoughtful reflections on craft.
"The development of sophisticated craft is a journey. Maybe craft is more a matter of control, like surfing a roaring wave or taming a wild animal without breaking its spirit....Pursuit of the vehicle for the ideal, universally recognized beauty or emotional power that makes craft into art can be demanding, lonely, frustrating, yet these pages attest that some do reach their intended destinations." -Erin O’Neill Armendarez, Editor in Chief
An Interview with Poet Richard Robbins
Richard Robbins talks with Aji editor and his former student, Melissa Gish, about his latest collection, Body Turn to Rain.
"Generally, a piece of language or image doesn’t have to be big, but it has to resonate in the ear or have a little promise hanging from it for it to work for me in a poem. I may not know where a thing is going to lead, but if it leads to a second line, that’s all I need for now." - Richard Robbins
We've got work from Leonard Kogan to share!
Leonard Kogan contributed 5 mesmerizing pieces for this issue of Aji. He took some time to talk to us about how he creates, his background in the arts, and gave us some advice for aspiring artists:
"...escape pre-programmed paths, take more risks and investigate more scientific and literal milieu." -Leonard Kogan
We think that's pretty solid advice. To keep up with Leonard's latest work, follow him on Instagram @LeonardKoganStudios .