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
To hear Winston Plowes read his chapbook, download this file: audio/mpegOr visit his page here.
For May 2015
(Coming Soon, new work by Ethar Hamid)
Now is the time,
You come and you go,
I cut your strings to my heart,
For April 2015
Cover: Plaster seen thru wallpaper (detail)
What You Left
I found your old journal hanging
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
(Robert Okaji © 2015) •
Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title then print/fold.
Welcome to the Origami Poems Project
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
- 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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"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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