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The Origami Poems Project

Welcome to the Origami Poems Project

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. 
Remember to: Recycle to a Friend!
 
 
Special Feature(s)
 
Call For Submissions
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library's "Summer of Heroes
 
The Narragansett Poetry Circle will host a poetry reading on
Monday, July 20th at 6:30pm with the theme of heroes. 

Submit your Hero-themed poem to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, July 2 for possible inclusion.  A brief explanation of how the poem relates to the theme of "Heroes" is welcome. Poems can also be left at Circulation Desk (don't forget your contact info!)  

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Winston Plowes reading of his micro-chapbook, Extras
Hear Winston read his chapbook, download this file: audio/mpeg
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Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

For June 2015
Cover: Google Images
 
Opening Fragment
 
                                                           My hand is testing the hurting rain,
                                                           standing on a bone-rock, slew-
                                                           waves at cliff’s edge, searching for rescue.
                                                           Somewhere, out there, is a lover, grains
                                                           of her, a soft fabric, a furthering orbit
                                                           made from stars, none that ever fit.
                                                           This wanting, if she knew its name, this pain,
                                                           would she make me wait, a tool
                                                           needing use? Or would she be a ship
                                                           heading to my island, making her claim?
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(Martin Willitts, Jr. © 2015)

 
For May 2015
♦  Dried Hours by Guy Traiber
Cover: Human Sundail  www.sunclocks.com
 
Footprint
 
                                                              After the last rains
                                                              I print my foot into the good earth
                                                              between the shriveling winter flowerbeds
                                                              and cover it with more earth.
 
                                                              Perhaps a trace of me will remain
                                                              in the world.

(Guy Traiber © 2015)

♦  An Afternoon by Ethar Hamid ♦
Cover: Wooden Footbridge by Jan Keough
 
                                                                               Summer 

                                                            The happy faces in the old photos
                                                            Still dampen my spirit.
                                                            It’s hard to get used to
                                                            Lagging behind everyone else.
                                                            My soul has stretched thin—into a chord
                                                            That God will play
                                                            When the dragonflies reign, supreme.
                                                            By then I might have crippled myself, in angst,
                                                            Had it not been for the invisible binds
                                                            That restrain my heart   
                                                            From bursting.
 
                                                                                  (Ethar Hamid © 2015)
 
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♦  Redefined by Shree Gupta
Cover: Angel in the Alley
http://dcstreetspeaks.blogspot.com
 
Confusion

Now is the time,
In a moment it'll be gone.
When I want all of you,
And then I wouldn't want to
See you at all.

You come and you go,
In ways I never want you to.
To places I don't want you to see,
And words,
I don't want you to hear.

I cut your strings to my heart,
Then again,
I tie my knots.
And you simply brush through me,
Letting go of my thoughts.

This confusion,
Runs as poison in my veins,
Clearly killing me,
Still keeping you in what remains.

(Shree Gupta © 2015)

For April
Cover: Plaster seen thru wallpaper (detail)
 
What You Left

I found your old journal hanging
in the branches of our shady oak
where you once took refuge

with worn pages scribbled upon
words undecipherable
their meanings misunderstood

like you.

(Laurie Kolp © 2015)

Cover: ‘Beach Cairn’ by John Repoza
http://john-repoza.artistwebsites.com

Mirror

                                                                  The attraction is not
                                                                  unexpected. We see
 
                                                                   what is placed
                                                                   before us, not
 
                                                                   what may be.
                                                                   The mirror is empty
 
                                                                  until approached.

                                                                               (Robert Okaji © 2015)                                                                                                                                                                                 

Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title then print/fold.

The Origami Poets

Welcome to the Origami Poems Project
 
May 2015
Guy Traiber

Guy Traiber was born and raised in the sweltering middle-east and found love in the cold mountains of the Alps. After a decade of traveling extensively throughout India, South-East Asia & Europe he is now pitched again on the soil of his youth. He studies Sociology & Political Science and Chinese Medicine and finds that they all relate.His writing has appeared in (very) few good journals and rejected by many well known publications.

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.
 
April 2015
 
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.
 
- Previous poets recent to the OPP -
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)
 

Oh-So-Nice Comments

 
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
 
I am glad to hear from you. I really liked the draft sent by you and the picture chosen is amazing!
Shree Gupta, India 4/16
 
Wonderful! You've made my day. I love it. The only thing I could possibly suggest is to perhaps adjust the placement on the page of a few of the poems. ... maybe an "offset" approach might look best? Thanks very much!
Robert Okaji, Texas 4/9


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Etcetera!

        Featured Poet
The OPP loves to learn about the poet behind the poet... in this case, Ira Schaefer.
 

Ira Schaeffer, an active member of Ocean State Poets and a proud supporter of the Origami Poems Project, is the current recipient of the Editor’s Choice Loft Chapbook Award. In addition, Ira’s recent poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including, Penumbra; On the Dark Side: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry; Tastes like Pennies; 50 Haiku; Wising Up Press; and Silver Birch Press  In addition, his poem Primavera, was a 2014 nomination by The Origami Poems Project for the Pushcart Prize.

Primavera

Again the earth thaws and one bony knuckle
then the next unfurls
until your fingers fan out
caressed by the tender air.
Soon the green feels its way back,
fleshing out the beauty of you
shaking bits of soil free
from your strands of yellow,
thickening with each new breath.

All winter long my brittle bed
pierced me with loneliness;
my graying body starved in long neglect
ached for the color of you.
Even as the press of snow chilled my heart
I wanted to believe our love
could outlast death.  

And now your kisses
kill the frost of me
as each gold spoke of sun
swirls its way inside
with warm pink life—
insistent, unending.
My eyes shut
to the gathering dust, feeling
tender, exposed
like the flowering vine
I climb—and climb.  

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MUSINGS of a Data Junkie - Ed Zarenski

Recently a Tweet by Ed Zarenski floated on the screen:

 If I want you to read my writing, I must tell you what the data shows, not what you or I or anyone wish it to show.

 
We asked Ed, data junkie & poet, to elaborate -

"I read so much written by so many analysts that seem to be trying to fit the data to their current perspective that it troubles me.  In fact, many analysts do nothing more that parrot headlines which are very often an incorrect interpretation of the underlying conditions.  

It is my opinion that a writer attracts the most appreciative reader, readers who are willing to establish a following, when being true and simple with the data, or in fact with anything they write about.  Certainly applies to poetry also.  
 
I'm a data junkie in case you couldn't tell. My technical readership is dependent on my ability to properly interpret data, and to look for real and telling trends.  Those trends are almost always NOT represented in the headlines.  

If you've not ever read my technical report, have a look at the section titled "Behind the Headlines" where I debunk some commonly spread mis-information.  Those are good examples of what most writers published monthly or quarterly when the data is released.  People follow me and read my stuff because I am not swayed by the headlines and often give a more in-depth and not so apparent analysis.  
 
If you don't understand how to read data, you would not be capable of telling people what the data shows, but you could tell them what you want them to hear.  Not my style! I tell people what the data shows.
 
Thanks for listening.
edz

Click the above cover to download Ed's Haiku collection, 'Thoughts on Caring'

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