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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Folded poems

A cheerful display of the books from www.origamipoems.com

One likeable thing about the web is the way it gives rise to new forms--my pen-friend Corey Mesler has just been published in an origami book, and you may have a copy at the price of a sheet of paper and a little ink. Here is the book, with a cover by Corey's teenage daughter Chloe. And here you may follow visual and verbal instructions on how to fold your sheet of paper, making a single cut and ending up with a small workable book. Afterward, you may read about the industrious and much-published author and bookstore owner here. A complete index of poets and places where the origami books are displayed is also available.

13 comments:

  1. Intriguing, but how does one turn around the sheet to read the poems that are upside down? I mean, I could stand on my head, but it doesn't seem like such a good idea at the computer.

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  2. You have to follow the directions for folding after you print out the sheet, XD. See my links. Otherwise it makes no sense...

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  3. One you fold the 8/10 sheet of paper (populated with poems) a la origami-style, it becomes a little micro-chapbook. We configure the poems on the page using Publisher & save it as a PDF!

    Jan Keough
    & Lynnie Gobeille, co-founders

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  4. Thank you, Jan--

    You two are highly ingenious! Much appreciated.

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  5. Sorry about the error in the caption link--fixed now! I hope those of you who went to the wrong site enjoyed a little folding at www.origami.com instead of a few poems at www.origamipoems.com.

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  6. Thanks Marly for the nice words... and web directions! We have a poet in our "group" (from England) who one day Googled 'origami poetry' and came to our website. Isn't that amazing?

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  7. Must be that old saw of great minds thinking alike! (In this case, with imagination and cleverness.)

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  8. Oh, great way to fold a little book! Must try that so have bookmarked it, thanks, Marly.

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  9. Is it the same group I saw yesterday at cwropps?

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  10. Marja-Leena,

    I bet you will think of some interesting way to adapt it! I look forward to it...

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  11. Robbi,

    I suppose so... I keep bumping into them lately, and Corey had sent a link some days ago...

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  12. Yes, that's us (from cwropps) - just a coincidence. Funny, huh?

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.