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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Recent Origami Micro-Chapbooks Published

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
♦  The Traveller by Abraham Ogebe Adonduwa
Cover photo from sethincube.blogspot.com
Buried inside the maze of my convoluted mind
  Lies the dismal past, dead and gone to its grave
                                                              the tyrants who freely plundered,
                                                              who blew up Dele Giwa with a letter bomb
                                                              and even though I wasn’t there
                                                              I still hear the necks of the Ogoni Nine snap
                                                              as their bodies hang limp
                                                              From the dictator’s trap
                                                              Today I see the thieves
                                                              who many fools even now applaud
                                                              they adorn newspapers and magazines
                                                              pollute the political scene with their bounty,
                                                              fill cabinet slots with loyalists
                                                              who perpetuate their avarice
                                                              And like yesterday,
                                                              The suspicion across ethnic lines
                                                              That erupted into the struggle for Biafra
                                                              Has bloomed into full blown terror…
                                                              Deep in the recess of a part of my brain
                                                              I wish was dead
                                                              The conspiracies,
                                                              The intricately woven
                                                              And the desperately conceived
                                                              Lie side by side, on a bed of stones...
                                                              Now the commendable present;
                                                              Wobbly and unstable,
                                                              A fraud that may be buried in the sands of time
                                                              Or a mother pregnant with the future?
                                                              Ah, the future!
                                                              A catastrophe waiting to happen
                                                              Or one brimming with possibilities?
For January 2015
♦  Small Gestures by M.J. Iuppa
Cover photo from www.rumroadcravings.com


                                                                            Having no hope of spring, I
                                                                            trudge along a snow-packed
                                                                            sidewalk with my head down,
                                                                            careful not to catch my boots
                                                                            in an icy crack.
                                                                            It’s April Fools and this morning’s
                                                                            bluster of snow isn’t a hoax.
                                                                            Another day of dreary, I think
                                                                            wishing I were defiant as snowdrops
                                                                            sprung open like safety pins left
                                                                            beneath a small yard’s ragged

(First published in Ealain)
Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title then print/fold.

The Origami Poets

Welcome poets new to the Project
February 2015
Harry Calhoun
Harry Calhoun has had work published in hundreds of poetry journals and more than a dozen books and chapbooks over the past three decades. His career has included Pushcart nominations, two Sundress Best of the Net nominations and publications in Abbey, Orange Room Review, Flutter Poetry Journal, Faircloth Review, Thunder Sandwich, Lily and others.  Most recently, his full-length poetry book, Alarmed in Space and other poems, has been accepted by Unbound Content for release in early 2015.
- Previously new to the OPP -
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Oh-So-Nice Comments


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
I was at a store today promoting my books. As a part of my program, I gave away copies of my Origami Poetry Projects. Luckily I made copies. I gave away over 100 copies of my poems as well as 100 copies of other poets from the project ... I did not sell too many books, but I sold some and used your books to promote my books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Origami books were all wiped out. If I had more, I would have given away more. Everyone liked what you have done with the project. I suggested that they go to your site to see what else you have to offer.
I wanted to let you know the success of your program.
Martin Willitts, Jr., New York 12/5/2014
Got the chapbooks! They are wonderful, Can't wait to hand a bunch out at my next reading (btw you blew my mind with the folding technique you used)
Tom Pescatore, Virginia 11/18/2014
I am honoured and delighted that you have chosen to nominate "Dreaming, Mostly of Nameless things" for the Pushcart.  Just wanted to say from the bottom of my heart: thank you!  I wasn't expecting this in the least.
K. Srilata, India, 11/9/2014
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Origami Poems Project
♦ Pushcart Prize Nominations ♦

Dreaming, Mostly, of Nameless Things by K. Srilata, I am being tested by Star Ferrin
Primavera by Ira Schaeffer, Past Tense by Bill Carpenter, Bereft by MJ Iuppa
Love Is Breathing by Martin Willitts, Jr.

Read these nominated poems in this downloadable PDF
Visit Pick a Poet to read more about each poet

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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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Recent Publications by OPP Poets

  Howie Good's latest collection, Fugitive Pieces.  All proceeds from the sales of which go to support the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.  Purchase from Lulu.
   David Miller's chapbook, The Afterimages, is being published by Červená Barva PressHis poems have appeared in print (Meat for Tea, Stone Soup Presents, Ibbetson Street), online (Muddy River Poetry Review, Wilderness House Literary Review), and has three "micro-chapbooks" available from the Origami Poems Project website. David was a member of the multidisciplinary Mobius Artists Group of Boston for 25 years, and is a librarian at Curry College in Milton, Mass.
   Helen Burke's latest chapbook, Here's Looking at You Kid, is subtitled Poems by Request.  Her new collection brings together poems from a vast selection both tested on and requested by her audience during her many tours.  Order on Amazon (buy using the AmazonSmile 'donate to OPP'). Valley Press UK publisher.  An excerpt:
            "Is the sun allowed here?" I once asked me dad,
             and even though he knew it wasn't
             he pulled his collar high and
             looked all around -
             then put it in his pocket just for me."
    Mary Ann Mayer's long-awaited collection, Salt & Altitudes, is now available through Finishing Line Press.  Fred Marchant, Author of The Looking House (Graywolf Press) writes:  “What is harmony”, asks Mary Ann Mayer, “but near collision?” In these finely wrought and emotionally nuanced poems, the desire for the transcendent “altitudes” collides with the experiential knowledge that we face inevitable limits and frailties, the “salt” in our lives. Out of these collisions, there sometimes comes, says Mayer, a greater wholeness, “a spin into alignment.”

     Templates: collected poems is Bill Carpenter's extensive compilation from the past twenty years and presents the best of his craft.  Available from the author at PO Box 795, Chepachet RI 02814 for $15.00 + $3.00 S&H (US) - or e-mail Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"The poems in this collection will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book." - Lynnie Gobeille, Origami Poems Project


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Micro-Chapbook Display Locations

A Selection of Display Locations is Listed Below (RI unless noted)

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OPP Displays are maintained by volunteers...
Why not you?
Wendles' Cafe & Deli maintained by Mary Ann Mayer ♦ Goshen, NY box set  up by Ariana D. Den Bleyker ♦ The Green Grocer - Carol Anderheggen & John Wood, store owner ♦  Helen Burke & friend, Sally, Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & another of Helen's friends! 
Newest Location: Wendles' Cafe & Deli, Franconia NH (seasonal)
The Green Grocer, East Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Decatur, IL
Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & at Cafe in York, UK Newport Public Library, 300 Spring St, Newport
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