The Origami Poems Project

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Changing the world, one free poetry micro-chapbook at a time

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. 
Remember to: Recycle to a Friend!

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

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

Rose Hill

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
♦  Inside a Dog's Head by Helen Burke
Cover art by Helen Burke


December 2014 we presented:
♦  Stone by Corey Mesler
Cover: Photo by nemo.star
Cover: Imperial tortoise beetle
Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title then print/fold.

The Origami Poets

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.  
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Oh-So-Nice Comments


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.

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.
I wanted to let you know the success of your program.
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
I am honoured and delighted that you have chosen to nominate "Dreaming, Mostly of Nameless things" for the Pushcart.  Just wanted to say from the bottom of my heart: thank you!  I wasn't expecting this in the least.
K. Srilata, India, 11/9/2014
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Origami Poems Project
♦ Pushcart Prize Nominations ♦

Dreaming, Mostly, of Nameless Things  -  K. Srilata
I am being testedStar Ferrin
Primavera  -  Ira Schaeffer
Past Tense Bill Carpenter
Bereft MJ Iuppa
Love Is Breathing  –  Martin Willitts, Jr.

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
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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Recent Publications by OPP Poets

  Howie Good's latest collection, Fugitive Pieces.  All proceeds from the sales of which go to support the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.  Purchase from Lulu.
   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


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Micro-Chapbook Display Locations

A Selection of Display Locations is Listed Below (RI unless noted)

Origami Display Locations lists all 

OPP Displays are maintained by volunteers...
Why not 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
♦ Please suggest or volunteer to support a location...
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