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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♦ Borrowed from the Wild by Patti McAlpine ♦
Cover photo submitted by author
Poetic Observations from
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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.
For February 2015
♦ Beyond the Fold by Harry Calhoun ♦
Cover photo by Jan Keough
‘Stained Glass Hanging’
Dreams, Reality and More Dreams
I was meant to play guitar
like Clapton, but I only learned
three basic chords. So I’m stuck
with my middle-class roots,
my old green writing good-luck
charm t-shirt and my poetry.
The t-shirt, my dogs, my wife
and music are all
that’s keeping me sane.
And so far, that seems enough.
Still, I long to pick up that guitar
and see if some musical magic
has made me a guitar god
in my sleep
♦ Garbo Talks by Alex Stolis ♦
Cover image by Kristin Joyce McKnox
Intertitle [Wild Orchids 1929]
You are hiding in plain sight
The moon is wet papier-mâché
Your legs shift under the sheet
The sky, a deep-bruised blue
Your bare feet against my calf
The smell of rain and earth
A blank page, a blank slate
The palm of your hand
Gravel roads, a yellow field
The sea, a patch of grass
Bare trees, ragged edges, beginnings
The ghost of you coursing through me
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Welcome Poets new to the Project
♦ 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
Origami Poems Project
♦ Pushcart Prize Nominations ♦
Dreaming, Mostly, of Nameless Things by K. Srilata, I am being tested by Star Ferrin
Read these nominated poems in this downloadable PDF
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"Still Winter - Feb/March 2015" Issue
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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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