The Origami Poems Project

Welcome to the Origami Poems Project
Helping the world, one free micro-chapbook at a time

What is an Origami Poems Micro-chapbook?

The Origami Poems Project publishes micro-chapbooks. Poems are arranged on a single sheet of paper (PDF) which is then is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book. Download the PDF to read and share. Folding hints here.

The Best of Kindness anthology
(41 poems selected from our 2016 contest entries) is available on Amazon.
Cover image by poet/artist, Lauri Burke, "Rainy Cherry Blossoms"
Alphabetical List of Poems & their Poets in this Anthology available here as a PDF
And some reactions to the anthology:
The Kindness Anthology arrived today!!!  Gorgeous!
I gave (a friend) a copy... She is now reading one poem every morning and writing a little meditation essay on it. 
MM, 6/8 RI
It doesn't get better than kindness - this anthology is a rich tapestry of the many ways kindness can show up
MR, 6/6 Amazon purchase review
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Latest Origami Newsletter
With Poems by Garrett Phelan, Rick Henry, Mark Danowsky, JD DeHart,
Martin Willitts, Jr., Tricia Marcella Cimera, Bradley McIlwain,
Helen Burke, Bob Carlton, Christina Sng, JoyAnne O'Donnell.
Summer Sun by artist Lauri Burke embodies summertime dreams - bright sunshine hemmed in and ready to stay.
Read previous Newsletters (Sign up here)   Next newsletter leaves the e-door December 2016

Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title to read/print/fold.
Coming Soon
Collections by Robert Beveridge, Maurice Soulis, Ana Prundaru
July 2016
Cover image: 'Brick Wall by Moonlight' from quilt by Peg Quinn
Driving South on the Freeway, Again
                                                                     Evening unfurled its silents
                                                                     gray sheet of satin
                                                                     as colors faded,
                                                                     the landscape
                                                                     an indifferent witness
                                                                     to the ritual
                                                                     spinning of the planet,
                                                                     fearless in the dark.
                                                                     Peg Quinn © 2016
June 2016
Cover image: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
The Haunting of Hearts
                                                                              war memories
                                                                              mother reminds us
                                                                              to finish our rice

                                                                              the shadows too real
                                                                              to touch

                                                                              flash storm
                                                                              the unexplained grief
                                                                              in my heart
                                                                              Christina Sng © 2016
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Poems previously appeared in A Hundred Gourds, Akisame, Akitsu Quarterly, bear creek haiku, EarthRise Rolling Haiku Collaboration 2016, European Haiku Society, Failed Haiku, Golden Haiku Contest 2016, Haikuniverse, hedgerow, Shamrock, and Sharpening the Green Pencil.
Cover: Grassy Green by Lauri Burke
Soaked Through
                                                                              Rain falls
                                                                              on the earth
                                                                              as in the days of Noah
                                                                              washing us clean

                                                                              A baptism
                                                                              from head to the inmost

                                                                              We are soaked through
                                                                              something verdant
                                                                              budding inside us.

                                                                              JD DeHart © 2016
DeHart is a writer and teacher. His work has appeared in Eye On Life Magazine and The Literary Yard, among other publications. His chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available from Amazon and RedDashboard.
Cover: Baseball at Rest by Lauri Burke
First Pitch
                                                                                  The infinite
                                                                                  of spring
                                                                                  become the first
                                                                                  accomplished fact
                                                                                  of summer.
    Bob Carlton © 2016
Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following journals in which these poems first appeared:
Bardball (online and in print) and Advocate.
Cover photo by Rick Henry


                                                               Rushton's canoes were sealed
                                                               in seamless seams of cedar
                                                               that skimmed over water.
                                                               Princess, Sairy Gamp, Wee Lassie.
                                                               Worrying knots in the wood.
                                                                                  Rick Henry © 2016
"These poems are from a project that attempts to honour the more than 100,000 nails from a pre-1850 farmstead." Rick Henry's collection of prose poems, Then, was recently published by Another New Calligraphy.
Cover photo: Wild Roses by Jan Keough
                                                               Thimbleberry (Rubus perviflorus)

                                                                a small flowered bramble briar
                                                                scrambling showy white flowers
                                                                resistant to
                                                                and generally enhanced by fire

                                                                the bark was boiled made into soap,
                                                                leaves were used to make a medicinal tea

                                                                young shoots may be eaten as greens

                                                                so small,
                                                                so fiery
                                                                just a thimble
                                                                Martin Willitts, Jr. 2016
The Lewis & CLark expedition "encountered 174 plants... new to science... Lewis hired Frederick Pursh in Rhode Island to review the plant collection and describe and publish the results, which Pursh did in 1828." (Wikipedia)
Cover art: Angel by Jessica Calder

                                                                    Soft wings hugging us
                                                                    showing us good dreams
                                                                    watching us when we pray
                                                                    on our voyages throughout the day
                                                                                      -                                                                -
                                                                      JoyAnne O'Donnell 2016
JoyAnne's lastest poetry is in Enclave.
May 2016
Cover: Begin. End. Again. Again #9 by Jason Hancock
Night Spaces
                                                                     I get up to use the bathroom
                                                                     and all is dark. No little red
                                                                     or green points of light
                                                                     only the blue beams
                                                                     seen from the stovetop
                                                                     at the right angle.
                                                                     This has not happened
                                                                     since we lived in Autumn Park
                                                                     after graduation. Before the advent
                                                                     of Smartphones. Before we had
                                                                     a decent coffeemaker or wireless
                                                                     towers, routers, printers—friends
                                                                     I sometimes try to make them
                                                                     when I can’t find sleep
                                                                     and end up sitting in near darkness
                                                                     among the false stars.
                                                                    Mark Danowsky © 2016
                                                           Night Spaces was published in Cordite, Issue 49 (2015)
Mark Danowsky's poetry has appeared in Cordite, Grey Sparrow, Mobius, Right Hand Pointing and elsewhere. Originally from the Philadelphia area, he currently resides in North-Central West Virginia and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
Cover: Standing where I am by Garrett Phelan
Two Breaths
                                                                          Our lives bump into one another
                                                                          like prayers in improper places.
                                                                          In the slight disorder of silence
                                                                          we slip behind the sound,
                                                                          in this moment,
                                                                          of our two breaths
                                                                          smoothed and worn by suffering. 
Garrett Phelan © 2016
Garrett's book of poetry, Outlaw Odes, is available on Amazon. He currently teaches poetry in one of Connecticut's prisons.
April 2016
Cover: Moonlight Contemplation by Lauri Burke
Holding On
                                                                         you are light years from here
                                                                         but so close like a falling star
                                                                         did I wish on you?  I needed a
                                                                         Some days I feel so far
                                                                         sinking into the space
                                                                         of what's incomplete —
                                                                         Dreams flicker in faded
                                                                         foxfires of what could be,
                                                                         Your silence more powerful
                                                                         than words. There is a ghost
                                                                         now where a soul should be.
                                                                         Your poems shine moonlight
                                                                         on my skin
                                                                         when I am lost, holding on
                                                                         to your smile
Bradley McIlwain © 2016
Bradley lives in Ontario, Canada and his new book of poems, Elementals, is available on Amazon and Indigo.
Cover: Melusine by Lauri Burke
                                                                                   Panama Hat
                                                                            Poor Panama hat.
                                                                            You used to sit
                                                                            atop my father’s head.
                                                                            You had the best view,
                                                                            slanted to the side,
                                                                            as we sauntered down the beach.
                                                                            He loved the warm climes,
                                                                            the blue blue ocean,
                                                                            the endless bowl of cloudless sky.
                                                                            He sang all the old Venezuelan
                                                                            songs of his past,
                                                                            we ate fresh fish, drank gold rum.
                                                                            He touched your brim, held my hand.
                                                                            Maybe you think
                                                                            as you sit
                                                                            in the dark hall closet,
                                                                            Come back.   
                                                                            It’s been so long.
                                                                            Come back.
                                                                Tricia Marcella Cimera © 2016
Tricia's poetry is displayed by City of Aurora’s Celebration of Poetry in Public Places & Highland Park Library, April 2016-Nat'l Poetry Month
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                  A more complete listing of Micro-chapbooks from previous months are on our Recent Books page
All Original poetry published is considered for our annual Pushcart Prize recommendations

The Origami Poets

Welcome Poets New to the Origami Poems Project
..June 2016..
Rick Henry, born in Illinois and now in New York, has a collection of prose poems, Then, which was recently published by Another New Calligraphy. His other books include: Lucy's Eggs: Short Stories and a Novella (winner of the 2006 Adirondack Literary Award for Best Work of Fiction); Pretending and Meaning: Toward a Pragmatic Theory of Fictional Discourse, a philosophical inquiry into the pragmatic foundations of fictional discourse, Sidewalk Portrait: Fifty-fourth Floor and Falling, and Chant.
..May 2016..
Mark Danowsky's poetry has appeared in Cordite, Grey Sparrow, Mobius, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Third Wednesday and elsewhere. Mark is originally from the Philadelphia area, but currently resides in North-Central West Virginia. He works for a private detective agency and is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
..April 2016..
Tricia Marcella Cimera is an obsessed reader and lover of words. Look for her work in these diverse places and elsewhere: The Buddhist Poetry Review, Dead Snakes, Foliate Oak, Fox Adoption, Hedgerow, I Am Not A Silent Poet, Mad Swirl, Peeking Cat Poetry, Silver Birch Press, Stepping Stones and others.  She lives with her husband and family of animals in Illinois/in a town called St. Charles/by a river named Fox.
..March 2016..
Joan Leotta - Author, Story Performer, Joan encourages words through Pen and Performance - Giulia Goes to War, Letters from Korea, A Bowl of Rice, Secrets of the Heart - Desert Breeze Publishing & Amazon, Simply a Smile--collection of Short Stories - Cane Hollow Press & Amazon, WHOOSH! Picture book from TheaQ & Amazon. 

And she dances under the moon whenever possible.



..February 2016..
ayaz daryl nielsen (Daryl Nielsen) was born in Valentine, Nebraska, attended schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin, has lived in Monterrey, Mexico and Bonn, Germany, and now lives in Longmont, Colorado with his beloved wife, Judith.  A veteran, former hospice nurse, and ex-roughneck (as on oil rigs), he has been editor of the print publication bear creek haiku for over 30 years, and over 130 issues.  Ayaz can be found online at bear creek haiku—poetry, poems and info.   Ayaz daryl’s poetry has been published worldwide, including senryu chosen in 2010 and 2012 as "best of year" by the Irish Haiku Association, and, with many other deeply appreciated honors, is especially delighted by the depth and quality of poets worldwide whose poems have found homes in bear creek’s print and online presence.
James Croal Jackson's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, Rust+Moth, Glassworks, and other publications. He grew up in Akron, Ohio, spent a few years in Los Angeles, traveled the country in his Ford Fiesta, and now lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Find more at jimjakk.com.
Previous poets new to the OPP
Bobbi Sinha-Morey James Brush • Kim Peter Kovac • Cynthia Anderson • JoyAnne O'Donnell Eugenia Hepworth Petty
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)
We received an email in March from Assistant Troop Leader, Jennifer Basile.  Jennifer and her daughters had visited the Origami Poems display ('manned' by Lynnie Gobeille) at the Charlestown Farmers' Market!  She asked the OPP for help with the cadettes' Book Artist Badge.  See more on our Random Acts page.

Oh-So-Nice Comments

 See "Origami Sightings" page for full list of Nice Comments

Looks great. As usual, Ms. Burke's cover art matches the content beautifully.
Bob Carlton, Texas, 6/18/2016
Thanks for all the work you do!
Rick Henry, New York, 6/15/2016
I just happened upon your site when looking for an April is Poetry Month project for our teens in the library. I would love to be able to have a micro-chapbook display. I see that there are "self-stocked" libraries in Rhode Island but I know it is too late for me to request a sampling.

I would like to make sure that it is okay for us to use the PDF printables and hold a "pay it forward" in the library. So, our teens would fold the PDF's that we print off and pass them out to customers or leave them in the 800's poetry stacks for customers to take at will.

Thank you for the fabulous site and inspiration!

Sincerely, Christy M., Information Services Specialist
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall, OH
(Editor's Note: We did send the library a sample of Origami books... and with great pleasure! - Jan Keough)
Origami Poems Project, the sweetest little publishing endeavor we have, ‘changing the world one micro-chapbook at a time.’  Six of my poems in an origami chapbook, proof of love, cover art by Lauri Burke, titled, ‘Speak with the Tongue of the Wild Rose.’
  Received ten copies, all in a first class letter, and I am beyond delighted - will share my copies, including one to a Colorado poet/good friend with end-stage cancer (knowing he’ll love it).  Well done, Jan Keough and The Editors, well done, indeed.  Check 'em out, your poems could help change the world one micro-chapbook at a time!
ayaz daryl nielsen, Colorado, 2/28/2016
I'm really excited about this collection and having it be a part of Origami Poems!
Donald C. Welch III, Brooklyn, NY, 1/6/2016
Thank you for your kindness and enthusiasm and excellent suggestions and belief in my work.
Regina Green, Atlanta, GA, 11/29/2015
Love it!  And as usual, the artwork is completely perfect!
A.J. Huffman, Florida, 11/15/2015
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

December - OPP Newsletter
Above: Bowl of Origamis Montage by Kevin Keough
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Next newsletter leaves the e-door April 1st 2016


Poet/artist, silent lotus, sent us a photo of his copy of The Best of Kindness after it arrived at his New Jersey home.

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We've been asked, "How do I get an Origami Micro-chapbook?"
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

Micro-Chapbook Display Locations

Wendles' Cafe & Deli maintained by Mary Ann Mayer ♦ 
Wendles' Cafe & Deli, Franconia NH (seasonal) Display provided by Mary Ann Mayer
Poets' group in Lincoln, NB Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Decatur, IL
Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & at Cafe in York, UK Self-stocked libraries in RI

♦     Due to the widening perimeter of the Origami Poems Project we are hard pressed to replenish the many locations that have previously visited the (primarily) RI locations.  We are happy to send a sampling of chapbooks for a display but cannot "stock" them on an ongoing basis.  We are grateful for your understanding.  If you wish to volunteer to support a location, please ask...   origamipoems(at)gmail(dot)com  

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