Review of ANNE WITH AN E & ME

Eileen Tabios engages Wesley St Jo’s ANNE WITH AN E & ME:

There are ten poems in Wesley St. Jo’s ANNE WITH AN E & ME but they are the core of a slim book barely containing its outsize personality. That personality—persona—brims with charisma and enchants the reader through not just the poems’ texts but with evocative illustrations and a lovely book design.

The opening poem immediately draws in the reader—here’s the beginning of the first poem, “Clarity,” that alerts the reader to a forthcoming pleasurable read in the rest of the book:

I wish to begin
the year
with clarity—
my favorite word
next to
epiphany

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