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A Blackbird Sings: a book of short poems [Kindle Edition]

Kaspalita Thompson , Fiona Robyn
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Book Description

This is a book you can dip into and be nourished by again and again. It will surprise you, shock you, move you and delight you. It'll remind you of the important sparkling details in your own life, and inspire you to pay more attention to what's around you.

'A Blackbird Sings' is an anthology of small stones, a mindful writing form, edited by Kaspalita and Fiona Robyn.

It also contains an introductory essay about what makes a good small stone, an essay about quality and unconditional love, and a seven day course if you want to have a go at writing small stones yourself.


Four shavings of sky
perfect blue
held in place by
a tiny French knot

Claire Zoghb

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (8 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NTE7JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #463,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The River of Small Stones 10 Oct. 2012
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I was one of the hundreds of people who took part in the 'River of Small Stones' project last January. All we had to do was sign up to write a 'small stone' every day and post it up on the 'Writing Our Way Home' blog run by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita Thompson. What's a small stone? Here's the definition from the introduction to A Blackbird Sings: An Anthology of Small Stones:

"A small stone is a few words or lines that describe a moment observed: a fragment of prose or poetry that tries to capture something seen, heard, felt, tasted, smelled or experienced in the world. When we write small stones we aim for an intimacy with whatever it is that is being observed; we aim for an observation that is as true as possible."

I suppose the nearest analogy is the haiku, but for a small stone, the form is freer and there is no limit to length.

It's the first time I'd come across 'Mindfulness Writing', though I knew that Ted Hughes used to spend up to an hour looking intensely at something before writing about it and a French writer (?Guy de Maupassant) urged writers to observe; 'look at a tree until it looks like no other tree anyone has ever seen. Only then can you describe it'. I lead a busy life as a writer and found it hard to find even half an hour of stillness in my day to look at something - really look - and then write something. Many of the things I wrote were trite, flat, cliche'd. Often that singular 'thingness' of the thing escaped me. But there were times when I connected with the world around me in a new way - observing small things so intensely made them seem sharper, closer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing doesn't have to be long 10 Oct. 2012
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As one of the contributers to the book I got to read a proof copy and as soon as the print version is out I'll be buying it - even though I live in China and will have to let someone at home keep it safe for me until I next visit the UK in a couple of years.
My contribution is a grand total of twenty words -twenty pretty good words, but only twenty nonetheless. You shouldn't buy it just for me. You should buy it because all the pieces in it are very good and taken together they give an amazing insight into the way that different people see the world, the different things they notice and the different ways they feel about them. There isn't a single weak piece to be found.
It's an excellent idea for a project and I look forward to the next volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that sings 31 Oct. 2012
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This is a magical small book. Like the title, it sings out - a long peel of 'small stones', each a brief meeting with a different voice and perception. A beautiful anthology, with some wise, moving words from the editors and a structured and inspirational guide to writing your own short, mindful written responses to the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little insights 4 Nov. 2012
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This book is a mosaic of small moments picked from paths of ordinary lives. One of those moments is my mine, so my reasons for buying the book were obviously personal! However it was so worth reading for the myriad of other moments captured here. Carefully crafted little insights into beautifully ordinary lives, often so poignant and linked by our common humanity. And the introduction to mindful writing, plus the "how to get started" appendix are useful too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational poetry... 20 Nov. 2012
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I thought A River of Stones last year was brilliant. A Blackbird Sings is even better!

I bought the paperback version because I love to curl up with a book. And this collection of short poems does not disappoint. First there's the feel of the book - the cover is soft and eminently touchable. Then there's the design - simple but so effective detailing the bird and the moon surrounded by flowers - not literal but it works. And of course there's the poetry....

This is a collection for both readers and writers of poetry. The first part of the book contains essays by both Kaspa and Fiona; enlightening, encouraging and inspiring. Easy to read and simple to put into practice whether or not you write poetry.

The poems themselves, (fragments or small stones) are a delight to read. I love the international flavour and the richness of language used. It's like looking through people's windows to see a moment in time. I can't tell you which were my favourite poems, there were so many!

Buy it, read it, have a go!

And by the way, my small stone can be found on page 46!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 16 Nov. 2012
By K. Ash
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read over half this collection so far and some of the poems, or "small stones" are so simple but so affecting it just stops me in my tracks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A delight to read. If you have only a few moments to read. Try this.
I love the feel of it, the look of it, as well as the simplicity of it's purpose and content.
Just noticing the wonder, humour etc present in each moment in our everyday... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia O'Grady
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant project conceptually, largely disappointing results.
I thought that the most valuable and interesting part of the book was the introduction; there the rationale for the "Small Stones" project is explained, opinions are offered on the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by lemonstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra-ordinary Ordinariness
It's wonderful sharing in the moments that the poets noticed his/her surroundings and took the time to write about it. This idea of small stones is one I've adopted... Read more
Published 18 months ago by j fairweather
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
A beautiful book full of inspired poetry. I enjoyed reading it whilst sat next to a warm radiator on a cold, windy, rainy, murky November day!
Published 19 months ago by gennepher
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection
This little book is an excellent collection of small poems which are short observations on life.
It is easy to dip in and out of.
Published on 17 Nov. 2012 by Denise Forster
5.0 out of 5 stars soundbites from the soul
In a world where we are all so busy it is refreshing to take a moment or two to read a few well crafted words that bring a ready smile, or feeling of gentle empathy.
Published on 31 Oct. 2012 by Lorna Doune
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