This is not a poem
It’s not a sonnet
It’s not a written piece of verse

It’s not a prose inscription
Arranged poetically
It’s not an essay of few words

It’s just an origami
Of whatever you want
No folding required

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  1. AYDEN JOZWIK on April 5, 2021 at 10:18 AM

    I really like how unique AG’s attitude is with regard to this piece of art. The lack of title and rejection of typical style and format choices really forced me to take a step back and think about the message AG wants to send me and anyone else reading. The final three lines about origami and interpreting the work however I want made me feel almost uncomfortable because in a way I feel overwhelmed in trying to attach my own meaning to the work. There isn’t much in terms of actual content to ground any initial assertions that I have about the work including the lack of title. Maybe the message is that the only power that I have as a reader, or even as a person, is to have the freedom to make my own interpretations rather than simply deferring to someone else for guidance. When I think of origami as an art form I think of the skill to transform paper into anything one pleases. The ability to form your own thoughts and interpretations is the greatest freedom of all.

  2. Cameron on April 5, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    I love this! Your art is whatever you want to call it; no one else can say what it is or isn’t. You claiming that gives your work so much power, and as a reader, I applaud you for it! Thank you for sharing your art with us!

  3. Mason Anderson on April 5, 2021 at 1:05 PM

    This was a really powerful poem. I read it multiple times and it somehow felt more powerful each time I read it. Something I really like about poetry is you can find your own meaning in someone else’s words. You described this really well. Thank you so much for sharing, and keep writing!

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