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What is an Origami Poems Microchap?

The Origami Poems Project publishes microchaps of poems arranged on a single sheet of paper. The page is folded, origami-style, into palm-sized booklets. Download the PDFs to read and share. Folding hints here.
The anthology from our contest is available:
The Best of Kindness 2017 

is' available on Amazon or from the CreateSpace e-store: https://www.createspace.com/7018282

Kindness 2017 Front Cover

 Recent Origami Microchaps Published 

Every Microchap can be downloaded as a sincle-page PDF; click the Title to read/print/fold.
Coming Soon*
Origami microchaps by Linda M. Crate, Greg Hill, Martin Willetts, Jr & others
plus a Random Acts of Poetry edition by Frankie King Gartner
*Coming Soon - in whatever order we manage to present!
(Submissions Closed during April-May)
June 2017
('Random Acts' was created to support worthwhile causes)
In Celebration of the Hebden's Bridges Festival
23 June - 2 July 2017
HB Cover 2017


  (Station Road)

Channelling Map

                                                                                He let his promises fall from the edge
                                                                                of the bridge,
                                                                                bright young things as wild as unbroken horses.
                                                                                As rare as a snowdrops that last the summer
                                                                                or double-headed coins.

                                                                                With his thoughts packed in salt in his head
                                                                                he watched each promise pass under the arch
                                                                                and emerge after the thaw as a future truth.

Winston Plowes © 2017

Teacher, compere, performer and poet, Winston Plowes spends his days
fine-tuning background noise and rescuing discarded words.
He lives in a floating home in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire UK.
Helen Burke CVR Football The Religion
Cover: Frenzy by Helen Burke

Football – the Religion (partial)

No, its more than that.
I believe in the One Goal – maker and creator
Of Happiness and the Joyful Long Walk Home.

I believe in the Holy Relic of Sunday morning
Playing with the Lads down the Big Tip and the Offy.
Beer for two and a six a pint.

I believe in
The name of the Manager, the ref and the Newly Signed
Whizz-Kid . For ever now and Always Will Be

I believe in being over the moon as sick as a parrot.
All in the same minute
I believe in the truth never being told.
I believe in
The Religion that is Football.


Helen Burke © 2017
Research on Football (i.e., Soccer for us US blokes) by
Phil Pattinson
Helen, a UK poet has collection of many (not all!) of her poems & art:
Today The Birds Will Sing, is being published this summer by Valley Press UK - see her bio page for the full scoop
Bob Carlton Cvr In the Cheap Seats 2017
Cover: Line Drive by Lauri Burke

In The Cheap Seats

The slow ascent 
of the soft pop-up
the lazy parabola
of the easy out
precedes the sharp

crack of the bat.

Bob Carlton  © 2017
Bob lives and works in Leander, Texas.
Grateful acknowledgment is given to those periodicals in which these poems first appeared: Abbey, Akitsu Quarterly, Bardball, and Raw Dog Post Poems.
March 2017
Robert Beveridge CVR Headwind 2017
Cover: Lighthouse of Love by Lauri Burke


Charcoal smudges define
the horizon as Lake Erie fades
into the sky. November has passed,
left nothing but scattered mounds
of dirty snow and its signature
bite in the wind. The year's last birds
skitter over sand, prepare
for flight. The parking lot is empty.
Robert Beveridge 2017

His recent/upcoming appearances in Wildflower Muse, Noble/Gas Qtrly, and The Ibis Head Review, among others.


 LOVE NOTES by Claude Clayton Smith

Cover: Muses Syroco wall hanging 


I want my poems
on pages
soft and ragged
neatly spaced
in simple print
for you to read
when I am gone.

Claude Clayton Smith © 2017

Claude Clayton Smith is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University and the author of 8 booksand co-editor/translator of two others, most recently MEDITATIONS After the Bear Feast: The Poetic Dialoguesof N. Scott Momaday and Yuri Vaella (Shanti Arts, 2016). See above link to his bio page for further info.



The Lost Moment
Supple moments of life
Slipping gently though time’s crevice
Like thousands of tiny pearls
Broken free from a neck string
Bouncing off in vain
Some never to be seen
Some never to be found.
Swati Ghatpande © 2017
Swati is an aspiring writer and works in the area of medical communications.
She lives in Allen, TX with her husband and two daughters.
February 2017
Cover: Glacier by Lauri Burke
(Opening stanzas)

I know we've arrived home
by the pine scent, and you
almost smile as we climb
from the car, say

“it smells so good
here.” I agree, notice
how thin your face looks now,
and how your jeans used to be
much fuller.  We've had

a severe year, without pause
in the trenches, and I can feel
the strain in your teeth and shoulders:

those shoulders your parents
taught to hide from confrontation.

You need three days
to relax, after countless doses
of forest medicine, administered
one dropper at a time.

- Leah Mueller © 2017

Independent writer from Tacoma, WA, Leah was a featured poet  at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival.
Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Blunderbuss, Memoryhouse, Outlook Springs, Atticus Review,
Sadie Girl Press, Origins Journal, Silver Birch Press, Cultured Vultures, Quail Bell, and many others.
 You by Karlo Sevilla 
Cover: Vessels by Jan Keough

Should've, Would've, Could've

Should've stayed lingering from afar,
just outside the periphery of your ambiguity,
and left sensations of flesh,
bone and breathing unrealized,
and thus mere flickers of a candle flame.

Could've distanced myself
from this inextinguishable fire;
would've escaped the irreversible fall...

But the tightrope I was walking
had been teetering to begin with --
noun sloughing off its adjective.
Karlo Sevilla © 2017
Karlo Sevilla:  Freelance writer from Quezon City, Poems featured in Philippine and international publications
 Everyday, Relief by M.J. Iuppa 
Cover art: Captured by Jan Keough


Yesterday, without warning, wind
filled up the trees with enough sway
that all those yellow leaves shook
loose & spilled, like so many coins
spinning onto the rain-slicked road.
I watched wind work its way under,
up & over in endless repetition until
all the leaves became a lonely echo
of what I thought was always there.
M.J. Iuppa © 2017
Several poems have been previously published and are acknowledged within this microchap.
Widely published, M.J. Iuppa lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario.
 CAST by Sasha A. Palmer 
Cover art: Galaxy by Sophie Palmer

Energy Laws

She stopped loving him,
for she created her love,
but he destroyed it.
She keeps saying this
in hope to defy physics.
Love is energy
one neither creates,
nor destroys.
Love is constant,
love’s forms are many.
Sasha A. Palmer © 2017

 Poems featured in CAST  have previously appeared in personal blogs.

Sasha A. Palmer tries to follow the motto she has created: Live for the Love of it!
Visit her at www.sashaapalmer.com
January 2017
Cover: Tall Grass Prairie by Lauri Burke


Sunflower glories   
along the road   
and goldenrod bright   
amid dark grass   
and other plants   
of summer’s growth.
Trees dark green   
with deep shadows   
and bumper crops    
approaching harvest.
It was a good year.
There was rain   
to fill ponds   
and creeks –   
after years  
of drought.
We will survive.
Duane L. Herrmann © 2017


Duane L. Herrmann, is a survivor who lived to tell, does not lie and loves the pure light of the moon
- and trees.He creates from his knowledge and experience. His full-length collections of poetry are:
Ichnographical:173 and Prairies of Possibilities. He has been the recipient of a Robert Hayden Poetry
Fellowship: 1989  and the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award: 2007
Cover: Conception Mandala by Lauri Burke
Acrostic Joy

The joy of inner peace—
like fathoming ocean.
We are years of light
from the soul of the sun.

The joy of inner peace—

Through Heaven’s Evening,
Journeying On Years Of Future Ideas,
Night Narrows Every Road,
Pauses Every Aching Current’s Electricity.
Catherine Zickgraf © 2017
Catherine Zickgraf writes, "Though I love to find increasingly complex ways to write acrostics,
I also love the simplicity of the idea. I hope my poem encourages readers to experiment with this form as well."


 Gone by Cathy Barber 
Cover: Spring fresco, Akrotiri, Greece - Public Domain
They were the imagination
of our planet.  Let us have a bird
that lives here and spirals so,
and migrates in a sky-blanketing
single movement from Quebec to Texas.
Are wrens and robins
better than the Dodo?  
Three wishes, which would you choose?
Cathy Barber © 2017
        Cathy Barber's poetry has been published recently in Pinyon, SLAB and Kestrel in the anthologies,
        The Cancer Poetry Project 2, which won Midwest Book Awards’ Best Poetry Book of 2013, and
        Changing Harm to Harmony, an anthology about bullying. 
This poem, written in 2010,was published in Canary in 2015 in a slightly different form.

Cover photo: Kloof Street, Cape Town by Lauri Burke
 Incident at Cape Town
Crazy laughter
Man on Kloof
Drunk city night
Smothered. Guarded.
Raucous motorbike optimism
Traffic at a standstill
Hear Africa yell
Deep-rooted wants
Deep-bellied fears
Ever-present uncertainty
Stopping. Forgetting. Repeating.
“We are crazy!”
“We are crazy!”
“We are crazy!”
Doug Norris © 2017


"I call these "Third Life Poems" because they all began as travel blog posts, where they still exist
in cyberspace. Then they received a second life as Wordle images, push-pinned
to a bulletin board.  From the Wordles, I found origami poems." Doug Norris
December 2016
Cover: Heaven & Earth by Lauri Burke
the river ice
long distance call —
the receiver cold
against my ear
Stephen Toft © 2016
(The poet wishes to thank the editors of the following journalswhere some of these poems originally appeared:
Presence, Blithe Spirit, Snapshots and Atlas Poetica.)
Stephen Toft's first collection "the kissing bridge" was published by Red Moon Press in 2008 and in December 2016 Scars Publications released his chapbook "naming a storm: haiku and tanka".
Cover: Violet Night Starfire by Lauri Burke (w/JK adaptation)
Chase my tail, swallow fire,
eye bright night light,
a site for soaring hearts,
liminal spirit, spirited away
before day dawns: I am
fox, I am fire, disguised desire,
tangled in tales, the lost key
to storied myth, stalking, twisting
out of reach, but look in my eyes,
I’ll teach you the twinkle, sleight of tongue
sung down ages in sweet mouths-
follow me.
Oz Hardwick © 2016
 Super Hair by Ethar Hamid 
Cover by Ethar Hamid
Dark Skin
Chai tea with nutmeg goes well with dark skin;
The liquid’s modest shade of brown
Intensifies any rich mahogany
Flesh that handles it.

The amber-colored tea streaming into
My mug gives glory to the deep copper-
Hued hand pouring it. Set against the
Subtle brown tinge of the tea,
The waiter’s hand and forearm look
Like sublime pottery,
His rich brown hue—earthen, pure—
Outdoing the light stream of chai he pours
Into my cup.

Ethar Hamid © 2016
Ethar Hamid is reading, writing, and studying in Virginia.
Visit her publications page at Jannahandme.
Cover: Buddha Texas Tree by  Lauri Burke
Grandfather Oak
I’ll bet if Buddha
had been a Texan

he might have picked
this live oak, older

than the Republic,
have sat right under

the missing limb,
others reaching out

toward enlightenment.
What he might have

known as nirvana
through chigger bite

itching is a koan
ripe for meditation.

Chip Dameron © 2016
The author thanks the Dobie Paisano Fellowship Program for its generous support.
Member of the Texas Institute of Letters and two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize,
Chip Dameron is the author of eight collections of poetry, including China Sketchbook
(Virtual Artists Collective, 2016). His poems, as well as his essays on contemporary writers,
have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. 
Cover: Giantess gives out shit & honey by  Lauri Burke
There’s a certain misogyny here,
(how large  women are,
how demanding)
but I think, on balance,   
Snorri gets it right  
about Odin’s three nights  
with the giantess.
How poetry  
is not only  a fine ferment,
but also  
carries with it  
a history of commotion,
the ogre’s bed.  
How even  
in its origin story,
the poet
is formed  
from spittle,
the honey  
mixed with blood. 
Nancy Jasper © 2016
Commotion and Another Origin Story first appeared, in somewhat different form, in Nancy’s collection
of Icelandic poems, Egil Is Baffled By Grief-which is now available on Amazon.
only somewhat in the order to be presented

                  A more complete listing of our microchaps from previous months is on Recent Books page
All Original poetry published is considered for our annual Pushcart Prize recommendations
Welcome Poets New to the Origami Poems Project
..February 2017..
 Other Poets New to the OPP
• Neil Leadbeater • Mo Soulis • Rick Henry • Christina Sng • James Croal Jackson • ayaz daryl Nielsen •
(Peruse Pick a Poet page where poets are properly compiled alphabetically by first name - pleasantly)

2016 Contributing Poets & Some of our Microchap Covers

Ana Prudaru, ayaz daryl Nielsen, Bill Sullivan, Bob Carlton, Bradley McIlwain, Chip Dameron,
Christina Sng, Daniel Blokh, Donald C. Welch III, Ethar Hamid, Garrett Phelan, Helen Burke,
Ho Cheun Lee, James Croal Jackson, Jason Heroux, JD DeHart, Jeff Ingram,
  Joan Leotta,Joyanne O’Donnell, Judy Heaney-McGee, Lori Lamothe, Mark Danowsky, Martin Willitts Jr.,
Mary Ann Mayer, Miriam Sagan, Mo Soulis, Nancy Jasper, Neil Leadbeater, Nettie Farris,
Oz Hardwick, Peg Quinn, Regina Green, Rick Henry, Robert Okaji, Stephen Toft, Tricia Marcella Cimera
• • •
Coming Soon - another 'Friends Make Things Better'
We were moved by Judy Heaney-McKee's posting and asked to translate her observations into a
Random Acts of Poetry microchap.  She generously agreed and we are happy
to share her thoughts with you. See more on our Random Acts page.
RANDOM ACTS OF POETRY was created to support worthy causes.
Contact us for more information at origamipoems (at) gmail.com

Oh-So-Nice Comments

 See "Origami Sightings" page for full list of Nice Comments
I’m delighted that you will be publishing “At Paisano Ranch.” Your microchaps are such wonderful ways to get poems out and
share them for free. I love the idea. And yes, I’m sure Buddha would have loved chaps!
Chip Dameron, Texas, 11/23/2016
Hi Jan (& team), I'm so pleased & excited that you're going to be publishing The Firefox Suite - it's made may day!
Oz Hardwick, Northern UK, 11/20/2016
Wow! This is gorgeous. I love the cover art, and can’t wait to let people know of our beautiful little book.
Thanks for publishing it.
Robert Okaji, Texas, 10/19/2016
Thank you very much for sending the draft. I have checked it over and there are no amendments.
Please thank Lauri Burke for the illustration which fits in nicely with the title. 
Neil Leadbeater, England, 9/14/2016
Hi Origami!  love what you do
Miriam Sagan, New Mexico, 7/22/2016
Dear editors, I truly enjoy reading the micro chaps you provide for free and wanted to submit six of
my poems for consideration. The general topic of the collection is living in the moment
and/or trying to live as freely as possible, despite handicaps, old age
or other hardships. Thanks for taking a look.
Ana Prundaru, Switzerland, 7/7/2016
Looks great. As usual, Ms. Burke's cover art matches the content beautifully.
Bob Carlton, Texas, 6/18/2016
Thanks for all the work you do!
Rick Henry, New York, 6/15/2016
I just happened upon your site when looking for an April is Poetry Month project for our teens in the library. I would love to be able to have a micro-chapbook display. I see that there are "self-stocked" libraries in Rhode Island but I know it is too late for me to request a sampling.

I would like to make sure that it is okay for us to use the PDF printables and hold a "pay it forward" in the library. So, our teens would fold the PDF's that we print off and pass them out to customers or leave them in the 800's poetry stacks for customers to take at will.  Thank you for the fabulous site and inspiration!

Sincerely, Christy M., Information Services Specialist
Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall, OH
(Editor's Note: We did send the library a sample of Origami books... and with great pleasure! - Jan Keough)
Origami Poems Project, the sweetest little publishing endeavor we have, ‘changing the world one micro-chapbook at a time.’  Six of my poems in an origami chapbook, proof of love, cover art by Lauri Burke, titled, ‘Speak with the Tongue of the Wild Rose.’
  Received ten copies, all in a first class letter, and I am beyond delighted - will share my copies, including one to a Colorado poet/good friend with end-stage cancer (knowing he’ll love it).  Well done, Jan Keough and The Editors, well done, indeed.  Check 'em out, your poems could help change the world one micro-chapbook at a time!
ayaz daryl nielsen, Colorado, 2/28/2016
I'm really excited about this collection and having it be a part of Origami Poems!
Donald C. Welch III, Brooklyn, NY, 1/6/2016


Pushcart Prize Nominations
We have nominated these six poems and their poets:
The Blue Earrings - Lori Lamothe from "endless after all"
    Sonnet #4 - Donald C. Welch III from “The Post Atomic Sonnets”
I am brief - Garrett Phelan from “Standing where I am”
Blood Moon - Peg Quinn from “Moon Shadows”
Three Strikes - Bill Sullivan from “Three Strikes”
Parting from Wang Wei Robert Okaji from “No Eye But The Moon’s”
12/6 update - Download these nominated poems as a PDF
 Best of Success to All!   
Origami Poems Project Newsletter
Our December 2016 newsletter : Read here!
 Winter Solstice by Lauri Burke 2016
'December, month of winter solstice, invites us to look at the brilliance of long winter nights with awe. There is a sense of the eternal in nights' blue/black vaulted skies, star studded and cold. A breath of forever in scented dark green pines, their upheld arms dressed in sleeves of snow. When we immerse ourselves in this purity, we remember who we are. Reconnect with how we too shine, perhaps most brightly, in the darkest of months and in the darkest of times.'- Lauri Burke
Read previous Newsletters (Sign up here)   Next newsletter leaves the e-door April 2017
The Best of Kindness anthology
(41 poems selected from our 2016 contest entries) is available on Amazon.
Cover image by poet/artist, Lauri Burke, "Rainy Cherry Blossoms"
Alphabetical List of Poems & their Poets in this Anthology available here as a PDF
And some reactions to the anthology:
The Kindness Anthology arrived today!!!  Gorgeous!I gave (a friend) a copy...
She is now reading one poem every morning and writing a little meditation essay on it. 
MM, 6/8 RI
It doesn't get better than kindness - this anthology is a rich tapestry
of the many ways kindness can show up.
MR, 6/6 Amazon purchase review
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We've been asked, "How do I get an Origami Microchap?"
Every microchap can be downloaded as a single-page PDF and printed - for free.  If you don't have a color printer simply choose the "print grayscale" option. Below are Screen Shots of what we mean.
The SINGLE PAGE PDF                                                  SCREEN SHOT of (Our) Printing Options

Microchap Display Locations

Wendles' Cafe & Deli maintained by Mary Ann Mayer 
Wendles' Cafe & Deli, Franconia NH (seasonal) Display provided by Mary Ann Mayer
Poets' group in Lincoln, NB Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Cafe, Decatur, IL
Cafe 164 at Leeds Gallery & at Cafe in York, UK Self-stocked libraries in RI

     Due to the widening perimeter of the Origami Poems Project we are hard pressed to replenish the many locations that have previously visited the (primarily) RI locations.  We are happy to send a sampling of chapbooks for a display but cannot "stock" them on an ongoing basis.  We are grateful for your understanding.  If you wish to volunteer to support a location, please ask...   origamipoems(at)gmail(dot)com   

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