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.
DID YOU KNOW?
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.
Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title to read/print/fold.
Coming SoonCollections by Robert Beveridge, Maurice Soulis, Ana Prundaru
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,
an indifferent witness
to the ritual
spinning of the planet,
fearless in the dark.
Peg Quinn © 2016
Cover image: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
The Haunting of Hearts
mother reminds us
to finish our rice
the shadows too real
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
on the earth
as in the days of Noah
washing us clean
from head to the inmost
We are soaked through
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
become the first
Bob Carlton © 2016
Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following journals in which these poems first appeared:
Bardball (online and in print) and Advocate.
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
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
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.
Cover: Begin. End. Again. Again #9 by Jason Hancock
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
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.
Cover: Moonlight Contemplation by Lauri Burke
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
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,
It’s been so long.
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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All Original poetry published is considered for our annual Pushcart Prize recommendations
Welcome Poets New to the Origami Poems Project
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
♦ 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.
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)
RANDOM ACTS OF POETRY:
TROOP 2025 CHARIHO CADETTES OF RI - BOOK ARTIST BADGE
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.
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
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
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