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?

Origami Micro-chapbooks present poems arranged on a single sheet of 8 1/2x11" paper that is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book.  Download (for free) each PDF book to print, read and share. Folding hints are here.
We've been asked, "How do I get an Origami Micro-chapbook?"
Well, every micro-chapbook can be downloaded as a single-page PDF and printed - for free.  If you don't have a color printer simply choose the "print grayscale" option. Below are Screen Shots of what we mean!
                     The SINGLE PAGE PDF                                  SCREEN SHOT of (Our) Printing Options

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title to read/print/fold.
October 2015
Cover: Cholla Cactus Garden at Joshua Tree National Park
by Bill Dahl
                                                                          Out of sand
                                                                          light and shadow
                                                                           a thorny existence
                                                                           tracking the sun —
                                                                           arms skyward
                                                                           glowing —
Cynthia Anderson © 2015
September 2015
Cover photo by Kevin Keough
Time for Tea
Dancing free
with ebony and ivory
milk like clouds open up
into angel flowers tea cups
gleaming and halo glowing
with steaming ginseng for energy
dripping into time
like a princess
whom tea is London's
chariots of good china.
JoyAnne O'Donnell © 2015
Cover Art by Kik Williams
My Crazy Blue Egged Girl

                                                               One of the new hens
                                                               Cockeyed half paralyzed
                                                               Swirled spiraled around the pen
                                                               Flapped on one side
                                                               Like the Three Stooges’ Curley
                                                               Pinwheeled in circles like my brother Mark
                                                               Who once thought he was Superman
                                                               And once to make us laugh
                                                               Did a Curley pinwheel
                                                               In the middle of Grand Central Station
                                                               —he was alone that day
                                                               On top of a hill in Vermont
                                                               His pickup truck still running—
                                                               Mortally wounded
                                                               Because I’d dropped her   a quick snap
                                                               I knew what I had to do
Kik Skakel Williams © 2015
Cover: Clothesline in Ukraine by Eugenia Petty
Our True Place on Earth

On a backpacking trip
in southern Morocco
a young man from Minnesota
walked out into a star-drenched night
and thought it was snowfall

Now the tails of comets
are less visible than bombs
during Isha’ in Gaza

We live in false light
losing the dark truth
of our true place on earth
Eugenia Hepworth Petty © 2015
"If stars would fall across the sky" previously
published in The Literary Bohemian
"Fields Goats Sunflowers Snow" previously
published in Cascadia Review
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All of these poems were written during
August Poetry Postcard Fest 2014
Closing Out August 2015
Cover: Snorri Sturluson by Haukur Stefánsson.
By kind permission of Snorrastofa director,
Bergur Þorgeirsson (See below for details)
                                                                 Snorri, Cornered
                                                           He wasn’t a bit like Yeats,
                                                           but I imagine him
                                                           at the end,
                                                           with his heart,
                                                           saying goodbye
                                                           to his circus animals,
                                                           all of his beautiful
                                                           circus animals.
                                                           Entire mythologies.
                                                           in the final room.
                                                           A finished man
                                                           among his enemies.
                                                           Nancy Jasper © 2015

Poet's Addendum:  Snorri Sturluson was the Icelandic writer who preserved the stories
                                            of earlier Norse mythology. He was also a politician. His enemies
                                            murdered him in 1241. - Nancy Jasper
Cover: 'Wall by the Sea' by Jan Keough
Yellow Teacakes
Flowers of the sun
Royal collar of Egyptian gold
After winter’s brittle dormancy
Yellow is the most optimistic color
Fistfuls of a child’s pleasure
The knotted scarf of a woman’s patience
Unwinding to fly free as a kite
Ushering in an age of Gatsby in sepia
It’s an unabashed overflow with
Mint juleps and butter-yellow teacakes
Frittering away sun-baked afternoons
In villas vying for light of the kings
(Veronica Matsuda © 2015)

The Origami Poets

Welcome these Poets to the Origami Poems Project
October 2015
Cynthia Anderson lives in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree National Park. She is the author of four poetry collections—In the Mojave, Desert Dweller, and Shared Visions I and 2 (in collaboration with her husband, photographer Bill Dahl).
September 2015
JoyAnne O'Donnell is a poet from Pennsylvania. Her poems appeared in various online and print poetry places.
Eugenia Hepworth Petty
Eugenia Hepworth Petty lives in the Pacific Northwest. She is the author of the chapbook Pamyat Celo/Memory Village (2007). In addition to writing, she shoots film and covers objects in wax, glitter, and resin.  Find her at: www.eugeniahepworth.com
August 2015
Veronica Matsuda is a second-generation Japanese American who grew up in a seaside town near Santa Barbara. She matriculated at the University of California Davis, where she studied English literature and creative writing.

- Previous poets new to the OPP -
John Grey • Sara Norja • Ethar Hamid Guy Traiber Shree Gupta • Laurie Kolp
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Oh-So-Nice Comments

 See "Origami Sightings" page for full list of Nice Comments
I am so glad I figured out how to download the pdf files... and have been copying a bunch of other people’s books to distribute at LitFuse...  I also posted about this on the Poetry Postcard Fest site on FB as well as my own FB page.   The feeling of meeting a comrade in free poetry! and distribution is mutual.
Until we meet again in the origami garden!
Eugenia Petty, Pacific Northwest, 9/19/15
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am very excited to be considered for your publication.
Veronica Matsuda, California, 7/13/15
Most happy you liked "I Saw Myself" as it is very dear to me and I was starting lose faith in it after many years out there.
Guy Traiber, Middle-east, 5/25
It gave me a real sense of how, through the internet and your own Origami Press publishing work and spreading the word is really making connections through creative writing on a global scale.
Winston Plowes, England  5/17

Our Latest News-e-letter:
Above: Sunflowers Vista by Katy Tartakoff, Denver photographer - katytartakoff.com  By kind permission
Special to the OPP (from our Fall Newsletter)
Poetry & Iowa Sweet Corn
On Writing The Weems Storm Glass Mysterious Weather Predictor by Mark Jay Brewin Jr.
So often I am moved by people, arrested by their stories, but not usually objects, trinkets, or the like. However, a simple trip to a hardware store proved to be an incredible art excursion, and one of the random objects therein became the inspiration for a poem that delves into the human experience, mysticism— the things we seek to help us move through this often trying world. The Weems Stormglass Mysterious Weather Predictor— just saying the name sends electricity through me—such power! Such history! Thank goodness for the little plaque beside it, explaining its place on the mast of the HMS Beagle (the vessel that bore Darwin across the Galapagos), it’s timeless legends of aiding Italian sailors in the Middle Ages, the supposed magic in this sealed vial of clear liquid: the power to foretell the weather. Who couldn’t fall in love with the romanticism of it, it’s divination and charm?

Who would know that my one page narrative in verse would garner the attention of Ned Balbo, judge of Flyway: Journal of Environment & Writing’s Sweet Corn contest? What else could be more fitting, than for the poem (which shares its title with the name of the stormglass) to place as winner of said contest, which ferries with it the prize of a case of organic, Iowa Sweet Corn?

Now if only I could share the bounty with Admiral FitzRoy, captain of the Beagle, or one of the mystics who first devised the serum, long ago, then I’d truly be on cloud nine.
(Mark Jay Brewin Jr.'s poem will be published this fall in Flyway.)

Mark Jay Brewin Jr's poems have been published or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Cortland Review, North American Review, & Prairie Schooner.  His first collection Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, University of Utah Press. An MFA graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, he is contributing-editor for the poetry journal, Cave Wall Press.
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Sleuthing for the Painter of Snorri Sturluson by Jan Keough

Google search let me down. On the hunt for Snorri Sturlson's image (Icelandic poet & historian 1179-1241) to grace an Origami chapbook cover, Google gurgled a slurry of drawings, etchings, and one painting of a contemplative Snorri.  But, alas and alack, no artistic credit revealed.

I prodded Google search again. This time the engines flagged Icelandic author Nancy Marie Brown and her blogsite,
God of Wednesday.  Brown and I swapped emails. She generously forwarded my inquiry to Sigrún G. Þormar, Project Director of the Snorrastofa Cultural Research Center in Iceland. A Center founded in the memory of Snorri Sturluson!
Through Director Þormar I learned that the Snorri portrait artist was Haukur Stefánsson (1901–1953), Iceland born, had moved with family to Winnipeg, Canada and then art schooled in Chicago from 1923-29.  Stefánsson's roommate and best friend in Chicago happened to be Walt Disney.  Ah, obscure no more!  Stefánsson now stands out in my mind as comrade and fellow artist of this most famous cartoonist and artistic entrepreneur.
Turns out that the Snorrastofa Center owns the original painting of Snorri.  (I've added the Center to my bucket list, as you can imagine.)  To my delight, the Center's Project Director concluded his email with this generous offer:  "permission is hereby given by Snorrastofa director, Bergur Þorgeirsson" to use Stefánsson's artwork on Nancy Jasper's Origami micro-chapbook cover...

Now, that's an ending worthy of a Walt Disney classic!

- Jan K

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