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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Visit our Random Acts of Poetry for the newest addition:
♦  Borrowed from the Wild by Patti McAlpine
Cover photo submitted by author

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Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

For April 2015
Cover: Cairn photo by John Repoza (RI)
                                                                                  The attraction is not
                                                                                  unexpected. We see
                                                                                  what is placed
                                                                                  before us, not
                                                                                  what may be.
                                                                                  The mirror is empty
                                                                                   until approached.


♦  Glories by Valerie Nieman
Cover: Aurora Borealis near Banff, Alberta
From - richfed.wordpress.com
Father Showed Us The Aurora Borealis
                                                                            On lawn chairs sunk
                                                                            to the webbed seats in snow,

                                                                            we sat bundled in blankets,
                                                                            faces tilted to the unrolling scroll:

                                                                            Colors of a hummingbird gorget,
                                                                            parrot fish, shallow seas,

                                                                            mandevilla, bougainvillea,

                                                                            tropicalities weaving
                                                                            in the airless

                                                                            ineffable between
                                                                            earth and moon,
                                                                            glories we couldn’t
                                                                            yet compass,

                                                                            our eyes since birth
                                                                            whetted against sun

                                                                            on snow, a palette
                                                                            of twig and bone,

                                                                            knowing only north.
                                       (All selections are taken from her latest collection, Hotel Worthy)
For March 2015
Cover: "Dark Bird" by Kelly Moore
Crow's Prophecy is Cruel

                                                                         Daughter of First Coyote,
                                                                         there is a cruel irony here:

                                                                         When First Coyote was busy creating
                                                                         the world, the glassy lakes and the woodpecker's
                                                                         rhythmic hunt—while he was busy with the fin flip
                                                                         of a fresh-spawned trout and the fall of mammoth
                                                                                 he forgot about you.

                                                                        That one day you would come, howl feral, love
                                                                        through the grin of your teeth.

                                                                        And so when Coyote was created,
                                                                        mirth smiled, spun her
                                                                                                       a birth in jest.

♦  Scattered Afternoons by Jonathan Butcher
Cover: Sheffield Victoria Station 1980

Those soiled rubber bands lay in wait around
my thinning wrist. They now sag, strained by
the third hour of toil. I await the ever expanding
pile of envelopes like a convict awaiting the feel
of grass under hardened feet.

The machine jams up once more, as the machinist
wipes the sweat from his grit covered brow. I avoid any
form of eye contact whilst he mumbles his hangover
drenched soliloquies. My feet slip in the puddles of
oil that gather at the machine's rusted feet.

The rest of the faces on the shop-floor remain pensive,
the skeletal shadows of the iron balcony loom above. It
always threatens to collapse, to finally merge with each body
here within this building's ever enclosing walls; I stopped
counting any cash I made hours ago.

And again the cogs begin to turn, my dizziness now
stable, as the streams of unmatched junk mail once
again start their smirking march across the conveyer
belt. I match numbers to addresses, addresses to numbers,
and the clock hands still haven't moved an inch.

♦  The Heart of Fado by Nancy Jasper
Cover from web: Portuguese Guitar
(Coimbra guitarra)
Amalia In Fox Point
Yes, Amalia
visited Fox Point.
She muted her charisma.
She took a walk
in this small neighborhood,
not too far from the water.
She went to Friends Market.
It was stocked
with everything she remembered.
She paused for a picture
with the owner and his wife.
Even now,
she’s not that far from us.
This morning,
on Ives Street,
Joe cues up
on Pandora.
The fadista,
that veteran of distances,
slips into the room.
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
April 2015
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.
Valerie Nieman is a novelist and poet whose work draws on her life in Appalachia and the South. Her second poetry collection, Hotel Worthy, poems about love, loss, and survival, has been published this spring  by Press 53 and is also available through AmazonSee more at valnieman.com
March 2015
Rhiannon Thorne is the managing editor of cahoodaloodaling and a book reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly. Her work has appeared, among others, in Existere, Foundling Review, Midwest Quarterly, and Conclave. She may be found at rhiannonthorne.com
- Previously new to the OPP -
Valerie Nieman Rhiannon Thorne • Jonathan Butcher • Harry Calhoun • Abraham Ogebe Adonduwa 
(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

Read these nominated poems in this downloadable PDF
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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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