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Reviews - And the Birds are Singing
“Solomon in all his wisdom recognized that there is a time for everything – “a time to laugh, a time to mourn”. Rebecca Stallard in her poetry collection And the Birds are Singing recognizes that her strength flows from her family’s determination to laugh when there is every reason to mourn. Rebecca’s poetry hauntingly captures the devastation of cancer, and will evoke a lump in the throat and an ache in the heart, but most of all it will remind readers that it is always possible to sing.
Mary Martin
English Professor
University of Missouri, Kansas City

“An extraordinary work of ancestry and poetic style.
Michael Wells
Poet, and
Editor, Rogue Poetry Review

“This book has been by my side ever since first reading it, November of 2011. It is a personal story written from the heart of a woman whose family has been ripped apart by heredity breast cancer. From start to finish you get to know the members of Rebecca’s family in a unique and personal way. It is a little book with a big heart — A must read for anyone that has had cancer in their family.”
Annie Parker
Three-time cancer survivor, BRCA1 gene carrier
And the Birds are Singing introduces you to a family that we all have known, or will know in time, because cancer keeps us company even in a world with tremendous medical advances. Poet, Rebecca Stallard, eloquently voices the maternal longings of her grandmother, Esther Bird, in such a way that the reader steadily walks the roads of Barnes, Kansas and intimately encounters the hopes, dreams and fears of her eleven children facing the great unknown of hereditary cancer. The poetic-narrative of Esther’s voice keeps moving us forward to a wide open place of health and healing where birds do fly.
Susan Carol Davis
Actress and Consulting Producer