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What is an Origami Poems Micro-chapbook?

Origami Micro-chapbooks presents poems arranged on a single sheet of paper which 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

Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title to read/print/fold.
Closing Out August 2015
Cover: Snorri Sturluson by Haukur
Stefánsson. By kind permission of Snorrastofa director,
Bergur Þorgeirsson (See below for details)
Snorri, Cornered
                                                                               He wasn’t a bit like Yeats,
                                                                               but I imagine him
                                                                               at the end,
                                                                               with his heart,
                                                                               saying goodbye
                                                                               to his circus animals,
                                                                               all of his beautiful circus animals.
                                                                               Entire mythologies.
                                                                               in the final room.
                                                                               A finished man
                                                                               among his enemies.


                                                                    Nancy Jasper © 2015

Poet's Addendum:  Snorri Sturluson was the Icelandic writer who preserved the stories
                                                   of earlier Norse mythology. He was also a politician. His enemies
                                                   murdered him in 1241. - Nancy Jasper
Cover: Raven Restores the Stars, button blanket in the style of Native
Americans of the Pacific Northwest by Emily Westcott
Photo by Bill Carpenter
She wears a rainbow for a scarf
over a peignoir of woven stars

the night knits a luminous net
of moonlight through her hair.

From one ear Jupiter hangs
encircled by satellites

below the other Neptune spins
a brilliant star sapphire.

Her skin radiant with nebulae,
a blush of starlight on her cheeks.

Though she wears no veil
her face is shadowed in eclipse,

her figure draped in
a tapestry of constellations.
It is said her beauty caused
men to weep oceans of tears

so she might see her own reflection
mirrored in those saline depths,

while in her womb light congeals
and galaxies, there are born.
Bill Carpenter © 2015

Poet's Statement:  The three poems in this collection tell a mythology of the cosmos: our
relationship with the earth, its origins and the creator (goddess) are
imagined in the language of procreation, personifying the universe and our small planet within the imperatives of repro-duction and survival.

Cover: 'Wall by the Sea' by Jan Keough
Yellow Teacakes
Flowers of the sun
Royal collar of Egyptian gold
After winter’s brittle dormancy
Yellow is the most optimistic color
Fistfuls of a child’s pleasure
The knotted scarf of a woman’s patience
Unwinding to fly free as a kite
Ushering in an age of Gatsby in sepia
It’s an unabashed overflow with
Mint juleps and butter-yellow teacakes
Frittering away sun-baked afternoons
In villas vying for light of the kings
(Veronica Matsuda © 2015)
Cover: 'Newport Gate' by Kevin Keough
I remember my grandmother
who, after a lifetime of noonday-sun-avoidance,
had skin like pink porcelain,
not a wrinkle to be had
and yet, no mistaking her for someone younger.

For she was old like sea-glass or shells,
like the outside walls of the Providence courthouse
or the various architectural splendors
of the east side, or trees like birch
that turn shiny silver when they hit their century.

She was strong, not from muscle and bone,
which were frail when I knew her,
but of years lived, of tales recounted,
of people she knew and could, even then, remember.

Other people died young.
But she lived well into her nineties.
As her days wore on,
time found her increasingly necessary.
(John Grey © 2015)
For July 2015
Cover: Photo of Sergio Bustamante
‘Face in Hands‘ Sculpture
To the Boy Who Stole My First Kiss

It’s an old story, you and I, hip to hip,
gathering wreckage in that kiss, me
not washing for days after wanting
the scent of both our bodies to sink in
somehow. I’ve so much to learn
about the sharp divide between before
and after, from biting into a fruit-bearing
heart, knowing the past sometimes
runs sweet and the future even sweeter.
(Ariana D. Den Bleyker © 2015)
Ariana is the author of several poetry chapbooks and collections, including Wayward Lines (RAWArt Press, 2015), Strangest Sea (Porkbelly Press, 2015), and Beautiful Wreckage (Flutter Press, 2015).  She the founder and publisher of ELJ Publications.
♦  When it Rains by Howie Good
Cover: Natural Falling Rain Drops
Opening Stanzas
Rain on the way,
a sound no letters can spell.

I was watching it
and thinking,
The most expensive work of art ever,
cast in platinum  
and encased in diamonds.

I stared miserably
at mom’s grave.

For god’s sake,
why put it there,
in the rain?
(Howie Good © 2015)
Howie Good a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Dark Specks in a Blue Sky from Another New Calligraphy (#ANC030 Summer/Fall 2015).
Cover: Cityscape by Helen Burke
Opening Fragment
                                                           Never mind, the days have lengthened already
                                                           to almost summer-height
                                                           and on every tree's highest branch
                                                           or up, up on the aerial
                                                           there's a bright-beaked songster
                                                           reminding us, day without end,
                                                           of the small secret joys. Listen close,
                                                           whisper like the leaves
                                                           newly greening.
(Sara Norja © 2015)
Every Micro-Chapbook can be dowloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title and then print/fold.

The Origami Poets

Welcome these Poets the Origami Poems Project
August 2015
Veronica Matsuda is a second-generation Japanese American who grew up in a seaside town near Santa Barbara. She matriculated at the University of California Davis, where she studied English literature and creative writing.
John Grey

John Grey is is an Australian born short storywriter, poet, playwright, musician, and Providence, Rhode Island resident since the late seventies.  Has been published in numerous magazines including Weird Tales, Christian Science Monitor, Greensboro Poetry Review, Poem, and Poet Lore. He has had plays produced in Los Angeles and off-off Broadway in New York.  Winner of Rhysling Award for short genre poetry in 1999.

July 2015
Sara Norja
Sara Norja dreams in two languages and has a predilection for tea. Born in England and currently settled in Helsinki, Finland, she is pursuing a PhD in English linguistics. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Through the Gate, Niteblade, and Interfictions.

- Previous poets new to the OPP -
Ethar Hamid Guy Traiber Shree Gupta • Laurie Kolp • Robert Okaji • Rhiannon Thorne
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

Oh-So-Nice Comments

 See "Origami Sightings" page for full list of Nice Comments
Thank you so much for this opportunity! I am very excited to be considered for your publication.
Veronica Matsuda, California, 7/13/15
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

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

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.

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

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