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On a Narrow Windowsill Fiction and Poetry Folded onto Twitter

4.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  15 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Written on four continents and read on six, the works in this anthology celebrate the birth of a new literary form: the tweet. Ironically, the 140-character limit of the Twitter platform has inspired new and veteran writers alike to stretch traditional boundaries. Some experiment with abbreviated poetic forms. Others create back-story through innuendo. All make every word- ...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published November 22nd 2010 by Folded Word
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Jan 12, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Wow, seems I was a winner in the giveaway. Yay, me! Am SO looking forward to reading this one!

ETA: on January 7: Perhaps premature of me, but only 1/3 into the book, I'm giving it five stars.

ETA Again: Finished. I've loved flash fiction and micro-fictions for years, and always enjoy seeing how much people can say so much with so little. There's something in here for everyone; humor to horror.

I dare anyone who reads this book (who doesn't already do this sort of thing) to get through it without
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Jan 31, 2011 Genna Sarnak rated it really liked it
Recommended to Genna by: Got a free copy!
I received this book as a giveaway and was really intrigued by the idea, but was admittedly a bit skeptical. I wasn't sure how moving 140 characters could be and didn't really know if this was something that would sit with me. But I was happily surprised!

ON A NARROW WINDOWSILL is incredibly powerful, quirky, and at times, very poignant. I found myself laughing out loud to some of the entries (such as Amanda Lawrence Auverigne's "Reconsider" where she writes, "Pete changed his mind about donatin
Steve Wales
Jan 08, 2011 Steve Wales rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Steve by: FirstReads
If you think that twitter is just a place to announce that you've had another cup of coffee or to declare your love for Justin Bieber (no, I don't know who he is either), then think again: this wonderful anthology is a collection of fiction and poetry written within the 140-character limit of a tweet.

A lot of the joy in both fiction and poetry comes from reading between the lines and discovering what hasn't been said explicitly. It's amazing how much back-story you can imply when you're limited
Jun 04, 2011 Christina rated it liked it
I won an advanced copy of On a Narrow Windowsill in the Goodreads Giveaway and was delighted to sample this first crop of Twitter poems and micro-fictions. Like all first harvests, it’s a little uneven, but I can happily offer a solid 3.5-star rating (rounding down, in fairness to my other 4-star ratings here).

Briefly: the best of these struck me as brilliant or approaching brilliance. The weakest need a bit more work. Even at under 140 characters, some of the poems seemed too long, too wordy. T
Jan 09, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Anyone that thinks technology is stealing the souls of artists should read this book. These are lovely, crazy, articulate, nutty, moving and more "poems" from Twitter written by professionals, amateurs and non-writers (if there even really is such a thing). There is something in here for everyone and is a great cover-to-cover read or just have fun flipping through it. Without the restriction of haiku, Twitter forces concise thought with amazing results. Everyone should try it (Twitter and this b ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Hayes rated it really liked it
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Every word, comma, space holds meaning: the essence of each story distilled into 140 characters. As in Haiku, there is power in limitation.

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I loved these, especially the 5 part "Sage's Secret":

...Rub your thumb over coarse leaves
Its melody stings
Playing a sweet--sharp--poem
Whispering fragrant secrets.


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I won! I won!! I finally won a book in the Goodreads giveaway!!! Yay!
Feb 24, 2011 Itskevinzhang rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book from Goodreads' First-Reads. The 140 character limitation really forces the authors to condense their thoughts into compact, intense, often witty messages.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Gifted from Hayes
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Dec 07, 2010 J.S. Graustein rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Folded Word Fan Club: ON A NARROW WINDOWSILL by Twitterzine contributors 1 1 Sep 04, 2012 07:37PM  
JS is Editor in Chief of Folded Word, the author of HOW TO WRITE AN EXCEPTIONAL THESIS OR DISSERTATION (2012, Atlantic Publishing), the co-editor of ON A NARROW WINDOWSILL (2010), and the calligrapher for WASP SHADOWS (2014). She earned her Master of Science degree in Ecology in 1995 and tried out an academic career, but switched to writing and editing after starting a family. She joined Folded Wo ...more
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