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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.
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For January 2015
♦ Small Gestures by M.J. Iuppa ♦
Cover photo from www.rumroadcravings.com
Having no hope of spring, I
trudge along a snow-packed
sidewalk with my head down,
careful not to catch my boots
in an icy crack.
It’s April Fools and this morning’s
bluster of snow isn’t a hoax.
Another day of dreary, I think
wishing I were defiant as snowdrops
sprung open like safety pins left
beneath a small yard’s ragged
(First published in Ealain)
Sandy Benitez © 2015
♦ The Lilac City by Sandy Benitez ♦
Cover photo: Lilacs Blooming with Blue Sky
After 16 years, the roses remain.
Do you remember the pebbled path
that led us back to where we began;
a casual stroll, mindful of stray thorns.
One of your friends married at Rose Hill
only to divorce one year later. All those
roses gathered around could not perfume
a sweet romance gone sour. Even a lone
sun dial couldn’t turn back time to bliss.
If we ever return, we’ll walk the same
pebbled path; tracing our steps in youth,
every moment together a blooming rose.
•Sandy Benitez © 2015
December 2014 we presented:
Cover: Imperial tortoise beetle
Welcome poets new to the Project
Upcoming in February
♦ Abraham Ogebe Adonduwa ♦
• Sandy Benitez •
Sandy Benitez is the founder and editor of Flutter Press, Flutter Poetry Journal, and Poppy Road Review. She's been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Dzanc's Best of the Web, and Best of the Net. Sandy has authored six poetry chapbooks and has appeared in three anthologies.
I was at a store today promoting my books. As a part of my program, I gave away copies of my Origami Poetry Projects. Luckily I made copies. I gave away over 100 copies of my poems as well as 100 copies of other poets from the project ... I did not sell too many books, but I sold some and used your books to promote my books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.I wanted to let you know the success of your program.
The Origami books were all wiped out. If I had more, I would have given away more. Everyone liked what you have done with the project. I suggested that they go to your site to see what else you have to offer.
Martin Willitts, Jr., New York 12/5/2014
Got the chapbooks! They are wonderful, Can't wait to hand a bunch out at my next reading (btw you blew my mind with the folding technique you used)
Tom Pescatore, Virginia 11/18/2014
K. Srilata, India, 11/9/2014
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Origami Poems Project
♦ Pushcart Prize Nominations ♦
Dreaming, Mostly, of Nameless Things - K. Srilata
Read these nominated poems in this downloadable PDF.
Visit Pick a Poet to read more about each poet
Look for the e-letter edition February 1st
"Still Winter - Feb/March 2015" Issue
Cosmic Winterscape sent to us from A Weinkle
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The Poet’s Corner
The OPP loves to learn about the poet behind the poet... in this case, the selfie poet in his bookstore, Burke's Book Store in Memphis, TN.
Corey Mesler - My Shelfish Life
Recently my daughter announced that she was getting an apartment with a friend. Of course I knew I would miss her as if a limb had dropped off, but, after that initial emotional response, my default function said this to me: you will have more bookshelf space.
Having spent my entire adult life in the book business and then, having married another bibliophile, our home library is an organic, gargantuan entity. It inhabits our space and comforts us, and, at night, if the neighborhood has put its din to bed, you can hear it breathe.
So I have lived my life among books. I can walk the length of my bookcases as if they are the South Forty and discover, not only books I didn’t know I owned, but things about myself I didn’t know. The bookcases, I am saying, are me.
Over the past few weeks, following the lead of my friend, the poet Heather Minette, I began a series of photographs called Shelfies. I don’t know if she invented the term or not. She’s smart enough to have done so. The photos, like a flashing highway sign, are saying, here are my books and through them you shall know me.
Anthony Powell said, “Books do furnish a room” This I believe. I also believe that they are living things, bookshelves, and are often better friends than the guys and gals you knew in highschool, who now pretend to forget your birthday, who have turned to crystals or Republicanism or reality TV. Bookshelves will never call you in the middle of night in tears because their Facebook friends ignored their post about famous Libras.
So, I have a home library. The phrase makes me happy. I would say, come visit it but we aren’t really visiting people.
We’re too busy reading and talking with our bookshelves.
Corey Mesler's latest publication arrives April 7, 2015 - Memphis Movie: A Novel
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