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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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
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
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
Cover from www.bbc.co.uk
( A4 version )
Cover Art: “H” Gregg
Cover from Etsy.com
Every Micro-Chapbook can be printed as a PDF. Click on the Titles to Print and Fold.
Latest addition to Random Acts of Poetry
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 •
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.
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
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.
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
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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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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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! ♦
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As of March 1, 2014