Surviving the Sorrow

Surviving the Sorrow

by Ann Kestner

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Ann Kestner delivers another powerful collection of poems fueled with genuine emotion and relatable human experience.  Her words cradle without coddling.  She captures the struggle for survival against sorrows in a voice uniquely her own yet relatable to all.  The poems walk into suffering but never so deep as to make the reader drown. 

Throughout the book the words offer a balance of confronting the difficulties of our internal and external battles while simultaneously offering a sense of hope in a callous world of chaos.  In the end, Surviving the Sorrow, redefines success and healing by acknowledging the need to accept there will never be anyone that achieves perfection. 

The book embraces the joy of comfort during times of trouble.  It illustrates how our most sincere joy comes from the companionship of friends during our darkest and most troubling times and it helps readers recognize the happiness hidden within their own times of sorrow.


Product Details

BN ID: 2940156061235
Publisher: Poetry House Studios
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 586,331
File size: 364 KB

About the Author

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.

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