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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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
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,
in the airless
earth and moon,
glories we couldn’t
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
The machine jams up once more, as the machinist
The rest of the faces on the shop-floor remain pensive,
And again the cogs begin to turn, my dizziness now
♦ The Heart of Fado by Nancy Jasper ♦
Cover from web: Portuguese Guitar
Amalia In Fox Point
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.
she’s not that far from us.
on Ives Street,
Joe cues up
that veteran of distances,
slips into the room.
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Welcome Poets new to the Project
♦ 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 ♦
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 Amazon. See more at valnieman.com
♦ Rhiannon Thorne ♦
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 -
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
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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Our most recent newsletter:
"April into Spring - 2015" Issue
'Family Affair' by John Repoza - Little Rhody Photos
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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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