The Origami Poems Project
Welcome to the adventure that is the Origami Poems Project™
Changing the world, one free poetry book at a time
Free Poetry is our mantra. Free the poets to share their poetry!
What is an Origami Poems Micro-chapbook?
An Origami Micro-chapbook presents poems arranged on a single sheet of paper which is folded, origami-style, into a palm-sized book. They are yours to print, read, and share. Our only advice - Recycle to a Friend!
With over a hundred participating poets, our 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization shares micro-chapbooks throughout New England & the world-wide web. Our 2009 public debut was on Poets.org in their "Poem in a Pocket." Since then we've made friends at bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, art centers - and readers everywhere.
We've been called an idea with legs by Tom Chandler in The Providence Journal.
We hope to travel far with them!
OPP at Charlestown Farmers Market
Friday, 8/22 9am-1pm
Thanks to the wonderful folks at the Charlestown Land Trust Farmer’s Market for giving us such a warm welcome on Friday August 22nd!
They provided us with a space in a great tent located in the center of all the marvelous booths and activities... We made many MANY new friends-
Gave away over 150 Micro-chapbooks - Taught Young and Old to “fold-an-origami”
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R E V I E W
Monday's poetry event at the Narragansett Library
was an all-out success!
An Evening of Poetry
Rick Benjamin, Lisa Starr & Tom Chandler
(Poets Laureate of Rhode Island, Present and Past)
with Kara Provost, Guest poet & MC
Co-hosted by Lynnie Gobeille (OPP) & Marilyn Sherman, Librarian
With over 40 people attending, it was a standing-room only experience with huge amounts of generous applause. As Lynnie commented, "People were shaking my hand on the way out thanking the OPP for putting this event on in Narragansett."
Thank you Marilyn, the Narragansett Library and, of course, the 3 Amigos +1: Rick, Lisa, Tom & Kara
One guest commented,
"I had no idea that poetry could be so personal - so real.
Tom Chandler just makes it so easy to understand."
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Remember - Submissions Open September 1st!
Thank you so much again for launching and selecting my collection for the Origami Poems Project! I really appreciate your amazing effort and talent in putting this together and distributing the poems.
I was so happy to receive your letter and samples in the mail! As suggested, I have attached an audio sample of my reading Three Mile Lake I recorded outdoors for a more natural feel (with slight rustling of leaves and maybe even a wind chime!) to include on my Bio page. Hope you enjoy it!
Bradley McIlwain, Ontario, Canada, 7/13/2014
Thanks for much for this (micro-chapbook draft). I made a little mock, and I am really pleased with it. Also, I think the cover artwork works exceptionally well.
Arthur Bull, Nova Scotia, Canada, 6/26/2014
Wanted to let you know that our beloved mascot pictured above, Wendy, a ten-year-old mini-schnauzer, passed away on July 28. She was much loved by Jan & Kevin Keough & their co-schnauzer Pixie. And is much missed.
A recording by new OPP poet, Steven Drenning Jr, is now posted on his page.
Our "Summer into Fall" Issue
We here in Opp-Ville thought this photo of Peg Quinn & her young friend, Preston, set the tone for the Magic
in this issue. They're captured perfectly in a moment of shared happiness by Garrett Durand.
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September Poet of the Month: Bill Carpenter
Bill Carpenter has been a long-time supporter of the Ocean State Poets and the Origami Poems Project. Those who've heard Bill read know him as a poet of understated excellence. It is easy to hear, feel and align with his words and images. The poem below opens his latest OPP collection, Kayaking the River Styx.
A small pod is feeding
along Johnston Strait
diving in circular arcs,
clock and counter clockwise,
their notched dorsal fins meshing
like so many gears
churning the sea.
They won’t stay
to greet the Orcas,
known to torpedo dolphins
for sport, we spotted
a mile up shore.
Two dorsal fins
rip the surface,
each as large
as the keel
of a capsized sloop,
huffing thunderous exhales-
Till their silhouettes
several hundred yards
down Blackfish Sound.
Bill Carpenter © 2014
♦ Yours by Steven Drenning Jr ♦Cover photo: 'Beatnik girl' by fille de la ville
Cover: ‘The Only Hope’ by Healzo • http://healzo.deviantart.com
Listen to Steven's recording of 'A quick note,'
For July:Cover Photo: Vintageclothesonline.net
Cover: Digital Art by Susan Lucas
Cover Art: York Street mural by Craig Anthony Miller “CAM”
• Every micro-chapbook can be printed from a downloadable PDF - Just Click on the Title and print! •
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The Origami Poets
Welcome these poets who are are new to the Project!
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)
Recent Publications by OPP Poets!
We'd love to hear your Voice...
Email us an mp3 recording from your OPP micro-chapbook.
Latest readings include those by Steven Drenning, Jr, Bradly McIlwain and Garrett Phelan
With Summer ending, our Display boxes empty fast - Please send your tax deductible check to the Origami Poems Project, PO Box 1623, East Greenwich, RI 02818OPP Monthly Newsletter
Receive the OPP Newsletter every other month - Be sure to add our email address origamipoems(at)gmail.com to your contacts.
Read our Submission Guidelines (Main Menu - last item, top right)
We don't accept Submissions during APRIL and AUGUST
Micro-Chapbook Display Locations
A Selection of Display Locations is Listed Below (RI unless noted) Origami Display Locations lists them all
OPP Displays are lovinlgy maintained by volunteers...
the generosity of friends and strangers. Why not you?
With Summertime all around, the OPP Display Boxes empty fast - so does our supply of Toner and Paper- Please send your tax deductible check to...
The Origami Poems Project
PO Box 1623
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Bayside YMCA box thanks to Dr. Kara Provost ♦ The Green Grocer - Carol Anderheggen & John Wood, store owner ♦ Helen Burke & friend, Sally, Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery ♦
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We know you'll enjoy these Origami Micro-chapbooks
As of March 1, 2014