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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  559 ratings  ·  91 reviews
It’s nearly 50 years ago that my book of conceptual instructions Grapefruit was first published. In these pages I’m picking up where I left off. After each day of sharing the instructions you should feel free to question, discuss and/or report what your mind tells you. I’m just planting the seeds. Have fun.
—Yoko Ono, from the introduction to Acorn
In Acorn, renowned artist
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 15th 2013 by OR Books (first published July 1st 1997)
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Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, z2013-read
I think I am a bit in love with Yoko Ono, mender of broken hearts, wind-whisperer...
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm belatedly figuring out that Yoko Ono is actually extremely interesting and good and I'm mad at the patriarchy for the Yoko-Ono-broke-up-the-Beatles narrative that prevented me from learning this for so long. ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will be the first to admit that I find Yoko Ono a bit too "out there" for my tastes, however I decided to give this book a try. I'm glad I did. What a wonderful collection of thoughts and observations. Surprisingly deep and makes one think. ...more
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Yoko Ono. She is a true artist, a woman of great insight, depth, sensitivity, and imagination. The worst thing she ever did was associate herself with that wife beating, two-bit hack of a beatle. (imho, natch).
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, art, owned
I like a lot of these pieces/poems and somehow I relish taking them as literally as I can and really imagining following her instructions. These are more organized and cohesive in a way than Grapefruit, almost like there are chapters, but somehow I didn't respond like I did to Grapefruit. It seems more controlled, which I guess you would be after 50 years! But some of the spontaneity or something is missing I guess? I like it a lot, but just a bit less than Grapefruit. It also includes one set o ...more
The best way I can describe this is as a collection of illustrated meditations and inspirational phrases. As Yoko writes in the introduction, her book of “conceptual instructions,” Grapefruit, was published 50 years ago. “Some years ago, I picked up from where I left off, and wrote Acorn for a website event. Now it’s being published in book form. I’m riding a time machine that’s going back to the old ways. Great! I added my dot drawings to give you further brainwork. i’m just planting the seeds. ...more
Wow. That's all I can say. I feel so much lighter after finishing this book, which is a sign of the true power of it. It isn't about whether or not the writing and words are "deep", but how you choose to interpret them and whether or not you'll let them change you. Reading this made me very happy because I say that there were several thoughts that I had on a daily basis that Yoko Ono herself wrote down, and it made me feel less alone in this world, as well as made it feel like a much closer, tig ...more
Eveline Chao
Skimmed through this really fast and even so was surprised how often one of the pieces reached out & managed to grab me. Reads like a book of zen koans by a very sweet wood sprite. Chicken soup for the avant garde soul haha.
catherine ♡
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This was not exactly my type of writing, but as an artist, I really appreciated all the artwork. Some of the poetry pieces were definitely very thought-provoking, and I especially loved the "Quiz" sections. ...more
Edson Pompa
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
if you love the nature, the universe and your life. This book is for you!!
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I gave it a 4 because I didn't know whether to give it a 3 or a 5. I loved - I love - Grapefruit. I don't know if Yoko's writing has changed, or if I have changed - it's been a long time. So I don't know why this didn't move me as much as Grapefruit did.

The dot pictures were a great addition.

I enjoyed reading it.

But it felt a bit like a visit from an old friend from long ago who you don't click with as much as you used to.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Some people can get published no matter what they write, it seems. Meanwhile, I'm going to take Yoko's advice from her poem here called "Earth Piece V": "Watch the sunset. Feel the Earth moving." That would likely be far more rewarding than reading this book. ...more
I don't think you have anything to lose by reading this.

In general this book offers some interesting shifts in perspective and exercises in sensibility.
Around the midpoint, this naiveté that characterises a lot of the "pieces" (she calls them that, somewhat ambiguously - a lot of them can be simply looked at as poems) starts to get a bit redundant, but there are still refreshing and beautiful moments.

I didn't find too much purpose in the dot drawings, some looked really similar to eachother and
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan
I’m glad Yoko Ono exists.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this in preparation for the Yoko Ono exhibit I will be seeing soon. Loved every bit. Kind and gentle reminders that the world is much more than you think it is.
Iris Bratton
A book to put you at peace.

Wow, this was so moving! I love Yoko Ono's voice. She has this unique way of looking at the world. It's a refreshing perspective. This collection is short yet powerful. What makes it so impacting is its connection with its reader. Ono paints a picture and wants to know how you think and feel about it. She ingrains you into it until it becomes a story about you. It becomes personal and thought provoking. I loved every bit of it.

Yoko Ono is a phenomenal writer. Her poem
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acorn Wow. That's all I can say. I feel so much lighter after finishing this book, which is a sign of the true power of it. It isn't about whether or not the writing and words are "deep", but how you choose to interpret them and whether or not you'll let them change you. Reading this made me very happy because I say that there were several thoughts that I had on a daily basis that Yoko Ono herself wrote down, and it made me feel less alone in this world, as well as made it feel like a much close ...more
I'm surprised that I enjoyed this so much more than Grapefruit. Perhaps because I do not have an artist's mind, I found it more easy to wrap my head around the concepts in Acorn. It consists of chapters, far more structured and organized than Ono's earlier work, but is still beautifully poetic. Many pieces encourage the reader to share their thoughts or stories, which creates a feeling of camaraderie and community, even if one is reading alone. And one of Ono's abstract dot-drawings accompanies ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Random discovery at the library. I checked it out largely out of curiosity. I have limited knowledge of Yoko Ono, but suspected she is much more interesting than her maligners make out.

I really liked this. A collection of instructions/poems/rituals for grounding/airing/burning your life. As instructions, clearly you will get out of this little book according to what you put into it. I want to find a copy of this somewhere to own, to have on my shelf to turn to when restless or brokenhearted.

So c
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, must-reread
This is some deep ish.

I found this little booklet in a secondhand book store in NYC, under the capitals 'POETRY'. It could just as well have belonged to the category of meditation guides or books on mindfulness, for it consists of a series of thematised exercises in balance, thinking, loving that may or may not have surreal edges to them.
I thoroughly enjoyed leafing through this work and have vowed to re-read one exercise each day and create a meditatice moment surrounding it.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by Yoko Ono before but I decided to pick this up after seeing her one woman show at MoMA in New York.

Some of these pieces (particularly Connection and City) made me feel so warm and happy! I would say even hopeful. It's a very interactive little book. It invokes certain emotions depending on your own receptivity and interpretation of the pieces. Love.
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a catch this woman is! John Lennon was lucky to have been married to her.
I found this book to be great fun. It's also perfect for commuting. This book is very easy to read in snippets of time and then lose oneself thinking about what she wrote. The only thing that could have made it better was for the audio to be sold with the text, so we could listen to Yoko narrate it.
b e a c h g o t h
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Yoko has such an interesting way of looking at life, sometimes I found it beautiful and other times I found it strange and little bit "meditation-like". I like her view of looking at the world in different ways, but I felt her spacey-vibe a bit too hippy at times.

But then, it's Yoko Ono. She can do what she likes.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read Grapefruit nearly 50 years ago and remember reading parts out loud to girlfriends. Laughing and talking about what it meant, and that fascination with circles. Acorn asks the reader to talk to friends and family and report our thoughts. Hope to do that soon. Who's read it? ...more
Lee Barry
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
Some of these are absolutely brilliant (like Cleaning Piece II, and several others) and the rest are well...

A very sweet book, and her dot drawings are amazing.

Watch your face
Make strange smiles on itself
Close the book, then open the book
The art is simply wonderful!
Lara Calleja
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple book with simple observations/suggestions for a deeper sense of living. I wish I could permanently stamp many of the phrases into my tiny brain.

It’s a book which you gradually read. After every short read, you somehow feel lighter.
I wanted to own this book before I'd even finished reading it.

For my full review, click here.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this, though I think I like her book Grapefruit better. This book could've been a bit shorter. Not all the art pieces mentioned were necessary for this book, in my humble opinion. ...more
A short, soft book that I think I'll keep going back to. ...more
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Yoko Ono (オノ/ヨーコ) Lennon is a Japanese artist and musician. She is known for her work as an avant-garde artist and musician, and her marriage and works with world famous English musician John Lennon.

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