Ann Kestner offers a unique voice, one that stems from a life often lived in the outskirts where she constantly searches for the beauty behind the shadows. She has never fully conformed to the academic literates or performance poets, instead she has developed a distinct style of her own. She is not fearful of difficult truths and heavy emotions, nor does she apologize for expressing them. Having spent half her life along the Jersey coast and half in Virginia at the edge of D.C., Ms. Kestner is an odd blend of Jersey girl and southern woman. Her first works were published at the age of sixteen. Many of her works were published under the pennames Isabel Kestner and Isabel Sylvan, among others. She was the founder and editor of Poetry Breakfast. In 2017, she was the poet in residence and manager of the Poetry and Arts Barn in New Egypt, NJ. She can often be found at poetry readings throughout New Jersey. Additionally, she readily shares her readings online through Instagram and IGTV @Langauge.Like.Medicine
Ann Kestner is the founder and editor of Poetry Breakfast. In 2017, she was the poet in residence and manager of the Poetry and Arts Barn in New Egypt, NJ. She can often be found at poetry readings throughout New Jersey. While her work has been widely published in print and online, in 2018, she began producing a series of free eBooks featuring themed collections of her poetry in an effort to provide the public with greater access to her work. More information about Ms. Kestner and her publications can be found at www.AnnKestner.com.
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Pigtails and Curls
by Ann Kestner
Pigtails and Curls strips innocence away from youth without losing its gentleness. Even in the face of devastation, abuse, and disaster there remains a softness, even at times an optimism. The poems have a heart beating within them despite the harsh subjects tackled by the words. There's a fragility in the poems, each one at the edge of shattering under the painful realities of life.
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