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The Origami Poems Project

Welcome to the adventure that is the Origami Poems Project

Changing the world, one free poetry book at a time

Free Poetry is our mantra.  Free the poets to share their poetry!

What is an Origami Poems Micro-chapbook?

An Origami Micro-chapbook presents poems arranged on a single sheet of paper that is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book.  Download the PDF books to print, read and share.  Our only advice - Recycle to a Friend!
 
With over a hundred poets, our 501(c)3 Non-Profit shares micro-chapbooks throughout New England & the world-wide web.  Our 2009 public debut was on Poets.org's "Poem in a Pocket."  Since then we've made friends at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, art galleries and readers everywhere.
 
We've been called an idea with legs by Tom Chandler in The Providence Journal.
We hope to travel far with them!

Newest News!

Latest addition to Random Acts of Poetry

Frankie King Gartner is Director at a New England Preschool.  We asked her about the ‘Preschool Quote of the Day’ she’d share from time to time.

"I have to write down the conversations as I'm hearing them. It was actually part of my teaching training- called running records, where you write down everything the kids say and do in real time. Amazing the results! Author Vivian Gussin Paley was a pro at this."

(This micro-chapbook is the 7th in the OPP's Random Acts series)

 
Tom Chandler is this month's feature poet at
Wed, Oct 29th 6-9pm
Open Mic sign up is 6-6:30. Tom's reading 7:15pm
 
124 Bay State Rd.
Rehoboth, MA 02769
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Poet Mary Ann Mayer writes, "I'm folding lots (of OPP box of micro-chapbooks) while in NH in October, the box in  Franconia, NH (Wendles') is still going strong."
Thanks, Mary Ann, for giving the patrons of Wendles an OPP book to read with their coffee.

Remember - Submissions are closed for December!

Oh-So-Nice Comments Category


 
Lynnie, Seems you've brought together a vibrant community of poets. I bet there isn't a more appealing, expansive Newsletter in the whole damn country
Bill Carpenter, Rhode Island 10/01/2014
 
I want to thank you both once again for all of your hard work, dedication and commitment to the Origami Poems cause. It really is a special thing you have going.
Doug Norris, Rhode Island 8/31/2014
 
Thank you so much again for launching and selecting my collection for the Origami Poems Project! I really appreciate your amazing effort and talent in putting this together and distributing the poems.
Bradley McIlwain, Ontario, Canada, 7/13/2014
 
Our beloved mascot, Wendy, pictured above, passed away July 28th.  She was much loved.
If you'd like one of our 2.5" magnets with this adorable mini-schnauzer to lovingly look out at you, send a $15 donation which will cover purchase & mailing costs to:
Origami Poems Project
PO Box 1623
East Greenwich, RI 02812
 

Update!

From Oct 2013-2014, the OPP has distributed 15,000 micro-chapbooks
 


Our "Fall into Winter" Issue arrives Oct 1st

Our next newsletter goes out Dec 1st - Sign up Here
 

October Poet of the Month:  Paula (PD) Lietz

PD Lietz  lives in rural Manitoba Canada. Her award winning photography, art and writing have appeared in numerous publications such as, Sunrise From Blue Thunder, Naugatuck River Review issues Summer 2011 & Winter 2013, MaINtENaNT: Journal of Contemporary DADA Writing and Art, 4, 5 and 6, Visions, Verses and Voices and on Phantom Billsticker Posters NZ placed throughout the world, to name but a few.
Her wonderful art work graces many an OPP micro-chapbook cover.
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 Opening Lines from:
Revisiting Three to One

It was the nails that we were always in want of, did not matter what the length.
The word but mentioned and our senses went on high alert.
The back swing of hefting the hammer set us off balance
before we could place our perception of precision on the head of our intent.

On every board you could nearly bet there would be three bent nails to every straight one.

Thus became the name of our tree house, Three to One.
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PD Lietz © 2013
Visit her OPP Artist's page Here

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published


November:
♦  Extras by Winston Plowes
Cover Art: “H” Gregg
http://www.hgregg.net/
 
For October:
Cover from Etsy.com
 
Cover: Jendrek's drawing of his First Communion
www.ijea.org
 
For September:
Cover Art: ‘CATS’ by Kathy Kroener
 
 
♦  Beaches by Doug Norris
 
      
•  Every micro-chapbook can be printed from a downloadable PDF - Just Click on the Title and Print! 
                                          
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The Origami Poets

Welcome these poets who are are new to the Project!
 
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)
 

Recent Publications by OPP Poets!

   David Miller's chapbook, The Afterimages, is being published by Červená Barva PressHis poems have appeared in print (Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents, Ibbetson Street), online (Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review), and has three "micro-chapbooks" available from the Origami Poems Project website. David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years, and is a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass.
 
 
 
   Helen Burke's latest chapbook, Here's Looking at You Kid, is subtitled Poems by Request.  Her new collection brings together poems from a vast selection both tested on and requested by her audience during her many tours.  Order on Amazon (buy using the AmazonSmile 'donate to OPP'). Valley Press UK publisher.  An excerpt:
            "Is the sun allowed here?" I once asked me dad,
             and even though he knew it wasn't
             he pulled his collar high and
             looked all around -
             then put it in his pocket just for me."
 
    Mary Ann Mayer's long-awaited collection, Salt & Altitudes, is now available through Finishing Line Press.  Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House (Graywolf Press) writes:  “What is harmony”, asks Mary Ann Mayer, “but near collision?” In these finely wrought and emotionally nuanced poems, the desire for the transcendent “altitudes” collides with the experiential knowledge that we face inevitable limits and frailties, the “salt” in our lives. Out of these collisions, there sometimes comes, says Mayer, a greater wholeness, “a spin into alignment.”

     Templates: collected poems is Bill Carpenter's extensive compilation from the past twenty years and presents the best of his craft.  Available from the author at PO Box 795, Chepachet RI 02814 for $15.00 + $3.00 S&H (US) - or e-mail Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"The poems in this collection will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book." - Lynnie Gobeille, Origami Poems Project

 

   Life not quite Understood by Lynnie Gobeille (Finishing Line Press), "is a phrase which precisely describes us all, even those who claim otherwise. These poems are the flags of little truths we hold but rarely see painted so carefully. This is Lynnie’s special gift: Long may she wave."- Tom Chandler, Poet laureate of Rhode Island Emeritus

 

  Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art, edited by Beatrice Lazarus, is now published by The Poetry Loft. 

Winning poems of the Loft Prize contest judged by Denise Duhamel, as well as powerful and moving  poems by many prominent NE poets, such as Annie Finch and Raphael Campo. Several RI poets and OPP members were also selected as Finalists, including Kara Provost, Kim Baker and others.

    The Persuasive Beauty of Imperfection by Marguerite K. Flanders has been published by EBook Bakery.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order your copy (price $14 + postage).   Margie adds, "...maybe I can arrange to "hand deliver" some, since RI is a small state!"

Margie is one of the original members of the Ocean State Poets, and enjoys being a "missionary," spreading poetry wherever she goes.
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Etcetera!

The Poet’s Corner
  Special to the OPP by Lawrence J. Krips
What brings people to the page to write is a question, I suspect, uniquely answered. I plan to ask it at a forthcoming workshop, but inquire of myself first. I have a few responses to share.
 
So I can better understand and realize how I feel. By externalizing, seeing the ball of wax, I can more fully comprehend and exploit my message to me.

In the zone, I feel fine.
 
Someone else may get to experience it. I may be able to read it to them, give it my interpretation. I may even hear someone else interpreting my work, and I get a new perception of the “I” in the poem. The heart to paper to heart transmission, whether spoken or written or both is an astounding intimacy (ergo Heartsongs).
 
The Butterfly Effect (an aspect of chaos theory) gives credence to the world–wide dispersal of energy (and effect) in the flapping of a single butterfly’s flight. I fully buy into this notion of all things being intermingled with all creation in a vast matrix of energy. So my little poem is sending off the vibe of that piece to the world.
 
Talk about being full.
 
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We'd love to hear your Voice...

Email us an mp3 recording from your OPP micro-chapbook.
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Latest readings include those by Steven Drenning, Jr, Bradly McIlwain and Garrett Phelan
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Micro-Chapbook Display Locations

  A Selection of Display Locations is Listed Below (RI unless noted)  Origami Display Locations lists them all

OPP Displays are lovinlgy maintained by volunteers...
the generosity of friends and strangers. Why not you?
 
Special Note
The OPP Display Boxes empty fast - so does our supply of Toner and Paper- Please send your tax deductible check to...
 
The Origami Poems Project
PO Box 1623
East Greenwich, RI 02818
 
Thank you
 
       
Wendles' Cafe & Deli maintained by Mary Ann Mayer ♦ Goshen, NY box set  up by Ariana D. Den Bleyker ♦ The Green Grocer - Carol Anderheggen & John Wood, store owner ♦  Helen Burke & friend, Sally, Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & another of Helen's friends! 
Newest Location: Wendles' Cafe & Deli, Franconia NH (seasonal)
The Green Grocer, East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Decatur, IL
Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & at Cafe in York, UK Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport
 
Telephone pole zip-locks So County (seasonal)
♦ Please suggest a location...
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