The Origami Poems Project
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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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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 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.
Welcome poets new to the Project
♦ 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 -
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
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.
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
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
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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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