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 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 which is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book. They are yours to print, read, and share. Our only advice - Recycle to a Friend!
With over a hundred participating poets, this Non-Profit organization shares micro-chapbooks throughout New England & the world-wide web. Our 2009 public debut was on Poets.org in their "Poem in a Pocket." Since then we've made friends at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, art centers - 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!
We here in OPP-Ville are thrilled to announce….
Have you ever been "given a raindrop to spend in the woods"?
Well, hear Jason Heroux tell you about it in 'poem' - on his OPP page!
Origami Poets being published by FLP!
Heather Sullivan • Lynnie Gobeille
These extraordinary poets - careful with words but not with perceptions revealed - will have their much-anticipated collections published by Finishing Line Press in early 2014. Pre-order!
Lynnie Gobeille - "Life not quite Understood"
Heather Sullivan - "THESE ONYX HOURS"
I have to say, I wasn't familiar with the Origami Poems Project, but I absolutely love the idea. I'm going to start printing out your micro-books and giving them to readers at our in-person poetry events here in LA every month -- such a great treat, and I adore your distribution method, encouraging people to share and distribute.
Best wishes, Tim G, Rattle editor, LA
Martin. W., poet from upstate NY - 11/10/13
'Mini-schnauzers wait for Santa'
In this issue we look back at the past 5 years of OPP...
Thank you to all & to all a great 2014
December Poet of the Month: Heather Sullivan
Heather Sullivan is an active member of Ocean State Poets, a group whose mission is to give voice to Rhode Islanders by conducting workshops in prisons, nursing and group homes, addiction recovery centers & alternative learning environments. Sullivan is the editor of two poetry chapbooks, Butterfly Wings and Poems on Branches, published by Salve Regina University, featuring the works of 75 individuals. She is also a well-loved Origami Poems Project poet.
Heather's poetry chapbook,"These Onyx Hours,” is being published by Finishing Line Press (select 'Pre-order forthcoming titles" for discounted shipping thru 1/03/2014).
All the difference
For my parents and with respect to Robert Frost
You said my brother’s death would make you better,
not bitter—the difference of one letter—
so you traded the all-consuming I
for that oft-silent, less-assuming vowel:
the one that lends strength to the others,
in curved quietude at the end of words.
You taught that giving is the sweetest cure
for grief, and this is what I remember
about that stone-gray December morning:
tear stains on Dad’s bathrobe—wet-steel on frost-
laden blue. I wanted to curl under the fog
of blankets, ease back into sleep’s cocoon.
I didn’t know hope took a breath right then,
exhaled a plan straight through my father’s sobs.
No, he would not return the Christmas gifts
he bought last night for Shane—Transformers, trucks,
and video games—denial’s bandage
unraveled now, exposing red-raw pain
that glowed like a heart in the darkest room
of our house—instead we’d buy even more
toys and we’d wrap them in love’s bright paper,
send them to an eight-year-old boy who wished
only for socks. I still see him, decades
later, his bright eyes reflecting colored
lights, the joy of sorrow redirected.
Heather Sullivan © 2013
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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)
Origami Poems Project receives $600 Employee Community Involvement grant
from Amica Companies Foundation,
(charitable arm of Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Lincoln, RI)
Thank you, Julia Simpson, East Providence, of Amica’s corporate communications department, and who has folded quite a few OPP micro-chapbooks, for writing a grant that helps continue the work of the Project. Amica awarded 87 grants this year through it's employee program to nonprofit groups across the country.
OPP PUSHCART Nominations
Last year was our first time selecting Pushcart Prize nominations. This fall we received a letter from the nominating committee asking if we'd be submitting again.
Our 6 poems chosen from an excellent field:
How to be happy by Howie Good
The Dream House by Martin Burke
Dublin Scribe by Doug Norris
Visiting the Parrot by Helen Burke
Another Day by Maurice Mancini
What the Gods Long to Give by Elizabeth Stamper
July ROOTS poetry readings DVD with donation of $20.00 -Send check to:
Origami Poems Project
P.O. Box 1623
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Amount includes standard shipping & handling.
(& those events that didn't make the Newsletter)
SUNDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 27, 2014 - POETRY AND ART AT THE NARRAGANSETT TOWERS
Cathleen Calbert, poet, Professor & OPP friend, is teaching,
'English 581 Workshop in Creative Writing—Poetry' at RIC this spring on Wed 4-7pm.
She'll "focus primarily on generating and revising original poetry"
Introductory workshops at a reduced rates
Wed, Dec. 11 & Thur, Dec. 19 - 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Receive the OPP Monthly Newsletter & read the quirky & inspiring articles
as well pithy announcements - Be sure to add our email address to your contacts!
Submit your work!! : Review Submissions on the Main Menu (last item, top right)
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?
Newport Public Library ♦ The Food Pantry @ Little Red Schoolhouse ♦ Display at Water Street Studio
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