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. 
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Winston Plowes reading of his micro-chapbook, Extras
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Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

For May 2015
(Coming Soon, new work by Ethar Hamid)
♦  An Afternoon by Ethar Hamid ♦
Cover: Wooden Footbridge by Jan Keough

                                                            The happy faces in the old photos
                                                            Still dampen my spirit.
                                                            It’s hard to get used to
                                                            Lagging behind everyone else.
                                                            My soul has stretched thin—into a chord
                                                            That God will play
                                                            When the dragonflies reign, supreme.
                                                            By then I might have crippled myself, in angst,
                                                            Had it not been for the invisible binds
                                                            That restrain my heart   
                                                            From bursting.
                                                                                  (Ethar Hamid © 2015)
♦  Redefined by Shree Gupta
Cover: Angel in the Alley

Now is the time,
In a moment it'll be gone.
When I want all of you,
And then I wouldn't want to
See you at all.

You come and you go,
In ways I never want you to.
To places I don't want you to see,
And words,
I don't want you to hear.

I cut your strings to my heart,
Then again,
I tie my knots.
And you simply brush through me,
Letting go of my thoughts.

This confusion,
Runs as poison in my veins,
Clearly killing me,
Still keeping you in what remains.

(Shree Gupta © 2015)

For April
Cover: Plaster seen thru wallpaper (detail)
What You Left

I found your old journal hanging
in the branches of our shady oak
where you once took refuge

with worn pages scribbled upon
words undecipherable
their meanings misunderstood

like you.

(Laurie Kolp © 2015)

Cover: ‘Beach Cairn’ by John Repoza


                                                                                  The attraction is not
                                                                                  unexpected. We see
                                                                                  what is placed
                                                                                  before us, not
                                                                                  what may be.
                                                                                  The mirror is empty
                                                                                   until approached.

                                                                               (Robert Okaji © 2015)                                                                                                                                                                                 

Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title then print/fold.

The Origami Poets

Welcome to the Origami Poems Project
May 2015
Ethar Hamid
Ethar Hamid is an aspiring writer attending college in northern Virginia. She writes pieces that have an underlying theme of mental illness. Having suffered from severe mental health issues, as a teenager, Ethar would love nothing more than to ease the pain of others who may face similar conditions. She’s from Khartoum, Sudan.

Shree Gupta

Shree Gupta is a student of Computer Science but also an aspiring writer, with particular interest in poetry.  Issues and things of the mind and soul especially hold her attention and she tries try to express as much of those things that usually remain unsaid. The works of Robert Frost have caught her attention and interest since childhood. In the future, she wishes to travel the world and write about her learning and experiences of it! Currently, she studies at Amity University in Noida, India. Visit her blogsite A Thousand Words.
April 2015
Laurie Kolp
Laurie Kolp is author of Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014) and Hello, It’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press, upcoming) serves as president of Texas Gulf Coast Writers and belongs to the Poetry Society of Texas. Laurie’s poems have appeared in more than four dozen publications including the 2015 Poet’s Market, The Crafty Poet, Scissors & Spackle, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene’s Fountain.
Robert Okaji
Robert Okaji's poetry has appeared in Prime Number Magazine, Boston Review, Extract(s), Four Ties Lit Review and Heron Clan 3, among others. His 2015 chapbook If Your Matter Could Reform was Dink Press’s initial offering in its National Poetry Month Series. He lives in Texas with his wife, two dogs and some books. Visit his blog, O at the Edges, at robertokaji.com.
- Previous poets recent to the OPP -
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Oh-So-Nice Comments


I’m very excited! I put you guys on my list to submit to a few years ago and have been hoping to get together the right set of poems since. I just love the project.
Rhiannon Thorne, Phoenix, AZ, 3/8/2015
Thanks for the great work you did my chapbook, I'm really pleased with the final draft, and I've had some great responses from the people I've shown it to. Keep up the good work, and I'll be sure to follow your future releases as well.  ...(It) was an absolute pleasure working with you guys!
Jonathan Butcher, Sheffield, England, 3/11/2015
Thank you so much for sending these very attractive Origami Poems Project books. On looks alone - I love them. 
Today's book of poetry will be certain to contact you whenever I blog/review any of your titles.
Michael Dennis, editor 'Today's Book of Poetry', Ottawa, Canada, 1/23/2015
I am deeply touched by this reconsideration and I think the draft and the illustration are simply beautiful! Thank you!
The poems are very much available, thank God, and I look forward to seeing them in print and also in the near future, more of my poems!  Let me know what else you need.  We Nigerians are very religious so permit me to say; GOD BLESS ORIGAMI!
Abraham Adonduwa, Nigeria, 1/21/2015

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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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