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Anything But Love Poems is the unlikely title to an uncommon and powerful collection of love and relationship poems. Each poem takes you along the ups and downs of dating, marriage, abuse, divorce and finally finding the perfect union of two souls. It is an unfiltered journey through innocence lost, to brutal battles, and finding a touch of bliss. Anything But Love Poems appeals to both the love poem lover and hater as well. It is an honesty that is harsh at times. But the true heart is peaceful in the end.
Poetry, music’s strange little cousin, plays song after song in both praise and respect of how the universal language of music is a necessity in every aspect of our lives. The poems in Mixtape Poetry dance to records, radios, and jukeboxes. They weep. They hum. This is a collection for everyone who loves music.
Pigtails and Curls strips innocence away from the school age years 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 is a fragility in the poems, each one almost at the edge of shattering under the painful realities of life. The scope of subjects is wide, from death to image issues to dreams crashing, hearts breaking and figuring out how to accept one’s self as one is.
Gasoline is a high fueled collection of poems full of jagged edges and unapologetic sparks. From being beautifully brutal to bearing bleeding skin, the poems in this collection know what it means to be broken. There is an urgency and raw reality to the words. In each poem, Ms. Kestner strays away from the softness of her other books and puts on her worn leather.