The Best of Kindness 2017

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Jan Keough is co-founder and senior editor of The Origami Poems Project which has been publishing free microchaps since 2009. Jan's poetry has appeared in print and online including Naugatuck River Review, River Poets Journal, and Spirit First Anthology. More recently at the Wickford Art Association's Ekphrasis exhibits 2015, 2016, and in Crosswinds Journal, spring 2017 as well as part of the ELFM Leeds UK Chapel FM Spoken Poetry exhibit, April 2017. Her chapbook, A Little Encouragement, was runner-up in the Willett Press Chapbook Contest, Summer 2012 and her spoken essay, Mindfulness, is part of WRNI's This I Believe series. She works from home with her musician/poet/co-editor & web master husband, Kevin Keough, either in western North Carolina or on a barrier island along Florida's Atlantic coast. A mainstay of their life is daily meditation. - 'Helping the world, one microchap at a time' thru

-Kevin has performed keyboard and vocals at venues from NYC to LA and in Dublin. He has recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, home of many Beatle Albums. Visit his page:

The Best of Kindness 2017

Poetry of Kindness

Authored by Origami Poems Project
Illustrated by Lauri Burke, Peg Quinn, Helen Burke
Photographs by Carl-Peter Mayer, Kevin & Jan Keough
Selected by Jan Keough, Kevin Keough, Mary Ann Mayer

Are there small or large gestures when it comes to kindness? How do we decide and why would we make such distinctions? The poems in this anthology ask and try to answer such questions. Included are 62 from over 300 poems sent to the Origami Poems Project's 2017 'Kindness' contest - with Finalist Judge, award-winning poet, Mary Ann Mayer. Join poets from 30 states and over 12 countries on this journey of insight and compassion.

Included in this collection are the Winning poems: 1st place: 'I hear her voice calling' by Daun Daemon; 2nd place: 'Hands' by Frank Dullaghan, 3rd place: 'A Kindness Bestowed' by Lynne Burnett. Honorable Mentions: 'Hospital Sounds' by Joyce Schmid & 'Heroics' by Maryanne Hannan, Editor's Appreciation to Dmitry Blizniuk for 'Don't be sad, Chrysostom.' New this year is the Pixie/Wendy,' a 'creaturely appreciation' for the poem, 'Morning Traffic' by William Masters.

In total there are 62 poems - Winning poems, Finalists, and other superb entries that were considered for the Finalist grouping of 23.

Poems are gathered into the following sections: Landmarks, Counsel, Perspectives, Upon Reflection, Our Muted Brethren, and Askance. Also included is an essay on kindness by Mary Ann Mayer along with her thoughts on the qualities of the winning selections (and honorable mentions).

Cover art, "Little Mysteries of Being" is by the talented poet-artist, Lauri Burke. OPP Editors who conducted this contest, Jan & Kevin Keough, also manage the Origami Poems Project. Additional reading of the contest entries was done by Lauri Burke.

Images in this collection are from work by Carl-Peter Mayer, Peg Quinn, Helen Burke, the above-mentioned Lauri Burke, and Kevin & Jan Keough. We thank them all for their kind generosity.

A non-profit, The Origami Poems Project has been publishing free microchaps since 2009. A microchap is a page of 1-6 poems arranged on a single sheet of paper and folded, origami style, into a palm-size microchap. Each cover is originally created for the poet - see our website.

Our motto is: 'Helping the world, one free microchap at a time.' Visit our website or seek us out on the hidden paths of Twitter and Facebook.

Publication Date:
1544765088 / 9781544765082
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Poetry / Inspirational & Religious

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