The Origami Poems Project

Welcome to the Origami Poems Project

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!

Origami Poems Project
♦ Pushcart Prize Nominations ♦


Origami Poems Project
♦ We're honored to nominate the following poems for this esteemed award ♦

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.

We wish to thank these poets for sharing their work with the OPP in 2014.
Read these nominated poems in this downloadable PDF.
Visit Pick a Poet to read more about each poet

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published


For December:
♦  Silent Work by Martin Willitts Jr.
Cover: Imperial tortoise beetle
Opening Lines to Silent Work
There is patience in the rush of irises across the fields
like planting of love between two people —
It is deep work — like roots for plants,
like a barn’s loose nail needing hammering,
or a fence sags from neglect.

Silence need not be a sullen work.
A deep well always replenishes,
drawing up a full bucket with a rope that never frays.
But just like pulling the rope
on a hot and thirsty day can seem to take forever,
you need patience to bring love that long distance.
Martin Willitts Jr. © 2014
For November:
♦  A Hundred Million Memories by Tom Pescatore
Cover:  Author hanging out in the Rockies
Cover from www.bbc.co.uk
♦  Extras by Winston Plowes
Cover Art: “H” Gregg
 For October:
Cover from Etsy.com
Cover: Jendrek's drawing of his First Communion
Every Micro-Chapbook can be printed as a PDF.  Click on the Titles to Print and Fold.

Latest addition to Random Acts of Poetry

The Origami Poets


Welcome poets new to the Project
Tom Pescatore
"His work has been published in literary magazines both nationally and internationally but he'd be just as happy having them carved on the Walt Whitman Bridge or on the sidewalks of Philadelphia's old Skid Row."
Winston Plowes
(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

"Winter 2015" Issue

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December Poet of the Month:  Lynnie Gobeille

Lynnie Gobeille is the December poet of the month.  Lynnie is an original co-founder of the OPP along with Barbara Schweizer and Jan Keough.  Recently she served as President and OPP Events Coordinator.  She's also been a personal friend.  Below is her poem written for the occasion.  Read her announcement on her bio page and in the Winter Newsletter (see above).  We wish her the best on her journey. 
 bearing witness
folding origami books

i know the day
but not the date
spending so much time
inside these little boxes
i am lost.
folding other poet’s words
creating the magic
of the origami book.
i work in complete silence
placing thoughts
into the universe.
seeking only to accomplish
this small task -
i get caught up
in their “stonewalls”
listen too intently
“the screen door slams”
reading of “oil slicks”
and “damage done”.
folding on -
witnessing god’s work
in another poem.
the fresh ink
onto my fingertips.
is all i need
to know of love.

Lynnie Gobeille © 2014
Visit her website, Lynnie Gobeille Poet
Thank you, Lynnie, for your passion for poetry and for all you've done for the OPP in RI.  I well remember how we developed the many facets of what is now the Origami Poems Project - from Barbara's innovative format of the micro-chapbook onto a single page to the Random Acts of Poetry and  more.
Yes, onward! - Jan Keough
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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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(Creative Writers Opportunities Service)
It's a free notification service provided through Yahoo! Groups


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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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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