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

Kaspalita Thompson , Fiona Robyn
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 293 KB
  • Print Length: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Woodsmoke Press (October 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NTE7JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,594 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 Inspirational poetry... November 19, 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enriching and poignant collection October 10, 2012
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Beautiful writing happens when we witness our moments with wonder and try to capture that wonder in as few words as possible. A good writer knows the fewer words, the better, but because we love words -- it's our natural currency -- we also find this to be an incredible challenge! I am delighted and privileged to be part of this anthology, a poignant collection of deeply-experienced moments that can enrich us all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection November 11, 2012
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I am one of the poets, so I suppose I'm SLIGHTLY biased, but this is truly a wonderful collection that can be picked up and enjoyed at anytime. You will find poems for any mood you might be in at the moment. I am honored not only to be included in this book, but also to recommend it to readers everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blackbird Has Landed! October 23, 2012
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My copies of A Blackbird Sings: A Book of Short Poems arrived at my door today. The book is even more beautiful than it appears online! Fiona and Kaspalita have done a wonderful job. I am honored that two of my small stones reside within its pages. I plan to gift a copy to my yoga teacher; the book would also make an inspired gift for meditators, poets and anyone looking for meaning in the world around them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful and compelling November 17, 2012
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I was introduced to writing small stones by the author's website and practice small stones often. I was excited to see their book release and was not disappointed. I like the varied authors and the tone of each small poem. Each is provocative, enlightening and bright in their own way. I hope to see more volumes of Small Stones in the future. This is an excellent book. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness at its best November 8, 2012
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Whether you read poetry or not, this book has plenty to inspire you from the normality, beauty and bitter sweetness of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Book October 26, 2012
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This is a beautiful book full of what I would call, the "new haiku". The term "small stones", to mean "...a few words or lines that describe a moment observed", as described by one of the editors,Kaspalita. This small gem is full of beautiful insights, honesty and depth of heart. One may open the book at any point, read a verse and be inspired to create one's own "small stone". As well as a joy to read, holding the book in your hands, you won't want to put it down. There is something about the quality of the cover itself (feels like velvet to the touch), that will make you glad books are still being printed!
A deep bow to Kaspalita and Fiona Robyn for making this publication possible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Putting Mindfulness Into Words October 24, 2012
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This book isn't just an anthology of small sensory poems. It contains advice and guidelines for being in the world and really noticing what you see, hear, and smell. It's a relaxing book to read and meditate on, while simultaneously waking you up to the life around you--and making you want to put your observations into words.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars ... know poetry is mostly subjective when it comes to like or dislike
Though I know poetry is mostly subjective when it comes to like or dislike, I was not crazy about the poems in this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ramona
5.0 out of 5 stars Poet for the 21st Century
Excellent poems. Some made me cry, some made me smile, all made me think! Google the author and follow her blog!
Published 18 months ago by Elizabeth Sheehy
5.0 out of 5 stars unless soul clap its hands and sing...
Lovely short poems, with this fresh feel of genuineness about them which you would only expect in the most uninhibited outpourings of the creative soul.
Published 18 months ago by Rajiv Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Kindle
This was my first free Kindle book and am enjoying it very much. Thank you very much Ms Thompson. Will watch for your works.
Published 18 months ago by gina
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice poetry
This book is a nice easy read book of poems.
It is a perfect afternoon escape into poetry.
Great images.
Published 22 months ago by virginia robert
5.0 out of 5 stars A blackbird Sings
Lovely collection of contemplative work. Enjoyed the many voices. Celebrates the concept of slowing down and concentrating on small musings in the things around us.
Published on March 26, 2013 by Vletkeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!!!
Love the book!
Love the writer and all the emotion inside her books and the thought process that goes into it! Highly suggest!
Published on March 25, 2013 by laurabell24
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
Lucked into this and enjoyed it! I like the idea of little stones enough to start doing more writing of my own.
Published on March 20, 2013 by kat71
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewel Box
A delightful collection of precious small stones. Don't be fooled by the diminutive size of the poems: They sparkle brightly, pack a punch, and linger in the mind.
Published on March 14, 2013 by dctexpoet
3.0 out of 5 stars 30% is introduction
it took 30% of the book to give a few examples and explain the idea/concept of "small stones"
i do like the mindfulness of the concept. many entries fall short, few are good. Read more
Published on February 14, 2013 by mo-reader
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