Gabriela Marie Milton – Editor’s Note on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

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Gabriela Marie Milton – Editor’s Note on Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

When I posted the call for submissions to Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, I wanted to compile an anthology that would underscore how powerful women are, and how much they can accomplish regardless of the adversities most of them go through. I had no idea that – while reading the poems I included in this book – a larger story will emerge. I can only judge this story with my own sensibility.  

First, there is my complicity with the poems from the book. I am a woman, and I can relate to the consequences that our patriarchal society has on my fellow women. The stories the poems here tell are my stories even if I did not live them all.   Either Jung’s “objective psyche” exists, or I underwent a process of osmosis while reading the stunning work I selected.  All abuses described here, as well as all victories, became mine.

Second, I can assure you dear readers that you will not regret a moment immersing yourselves in this book. It is not important whether a poem is born like a child, or constructed like a temple. The type of poetry is always secondary to its substance. It’s a matter of preference. The poems in this book are poems of substance regardless of their form. They grab you by the throat.  They scream listen to me. They bring you to your knees.  They inscribe on each page – with a multiplicity of voices coming from all sexes – the astonishing power women have. They are exceptional poems.  

Third, is this a feminist book? One could see it as such regardless of what definition of feminism one employs.  However, our minds and souls can transcend definitions. We can go beyond reflections. The poems in this book are not reflections or merely copies of life.  They do not belong to certain metaphysics of feminism and/or patriarchy. The poems in this book are life itself.  

Welcome to women’s lives my dear readers.

You will enjoy this ride.

I promise you.

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, edited by Gabriela Marie Milton and published by Ingrid Wilson/Experiments in Fiction will be released in the first part of June. Artwork by Nick Reeves.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

A Twitter Poem by Gabriela Marie Milton and an update on the Anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

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Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women – update

Thank you for your submissions to the anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. Submissions are now closed.

The anthology will be edited, and curated, by me and published by Experiments in Fiction. Publication date: early June.

You will receive an email from me end of April/beginning of May.

Thank you once again to everyone who participated in the submission process.

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Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Poem by Gabriela Marie Milton and an update on the anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

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Updates

  1. Thank you to everyone who submitted to the anthology: Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. I am privileged to read your work. Thank you for letting me inside your soul. There is no higher honor for me.
  2. In three days the submission period closes. If you still want to submit you can read the guidelines for submission HERE.
  3. Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women will be published by Experiments in Fiction, a publishing house owned by the wonderful poet Ingrid Wilson. The gorgeous art on the cover is by Nick Reeves.
  1. For more poetry follow me on Twitter Here.
  2. Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate on Sunday. To those of you who do not a hundred years of love.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women #Cover Reveal #Poetry Anthology

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Dear All,

Thank you for your submissions to the anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. I am privileged and honored to be your editor. Your poems and your talent brought me to tears.

Thank you to our publisher Ingrid Wilson, and to Nick Reeves for the beautiful cover book. I am thrilled to work with Ingrid on this anthology.

Submissions are open until April 15. You can read the submissions guidelines here and find more info here.

You will receive a notification of acceptance or rejection in the beginning of May.

Thank you again for your submissions.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

A Poem from Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings and Updates on the Anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

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A Poem from Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Seduction
by Gabriela Marie Milton

the rhythm of castanets awakens the moon
on opal rings your kisses spin
a cricket’s hitting a crescendo
waves tattoo dark shadows on your skin
sonority, you who vibrates the souls
of those who haunt at night the Port of Cartagena

I toss in smells of apricots and plumes
the Hand of Fatima takes off my veils
your forehead sinks into the sweat of lovers
who sever their veins
oh, dream of the unknowns,
you, latency,
the sigh of blood which flows
in spring both mud and flowers grow

didn’t you know
that when you said I love you
you stepped on roads of fables and folk tales?
you glued your heart onto a purple sunset
smells of lilac and of roses, impregnated strolls,
seduction,
it wasn’t me
it was you who stole his soul

Updates/Clarifications on the Anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

You can find the guidelines for submission HERE.

  • The deadline for submission is April 15. You still have time to submit.
  • The copyright of the poems you submit is yours.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • We accept previously published poems.
  • You can submit regardless of the country you are located in.
  • You cannot submit if you are under 18 years of age.
  • With respect to the length of your poems, please follow the guidelines for submission. There are several poems that did not, and are exceptional. I decided to publish them. To make things fair, those of you who struggled to follow the guidelines for submission can now submit the third poem. Make sure your poem is no longer than 40 lines. Please label your submission: Third Poem Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women
  • You will receive a notification of acceptance/rejection in the beginning of May.
  • If you still have questions please use the comment section below.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

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Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (an Anthology) – Call for Submissions

Dear Readers,

With great pleasure I announce that submissions are now open for the anthology: Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women. This anthology will be edited, and curated, by me and published by Experiments in Fiction.

For those of you who do not know me, I am Gabriela Marie Milton a #1 Amazon bestselling poet, and an internationally published author. My literary work appeared in various magazines and anthologies. I am the author of the #1 best-selling poetry collection ‘Woman: Splendor and Sorrow’ (Vita Brevis Press, July 2021) and, the author of ‘Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings’ (Vita Brevis Press, April 2020). Under the name Gabriela M I was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press (NYC). My piece ‘If I say I love you’ was nominated for 2020 Spillwords Press Publication of the Year (Poetic). Presently I am the editor of MasticadoresUsa.

I am honored to have this anthology published by Experiments in Fiction, a publishing house owned by Ingrid Wilson who is herself a successful poet and writer, nominated for Spillwords Author of the Year 2021. Her previous publications include ‘The Anthropocene Hymnal: Songs of a Self-defining Era’ in July 2020: a poetic response to the climate and ecological crisis.

That said, let’s get down to business.

Theme:

I seek poetry that addresses the challenges women face in our society, and the diversity of means they use to overcome pain and accomplish their dreams.  How you interpret the theme is up to you.

I chose this theme because I wanted to underscore how powerful women are, and how much they can accomplish regardless of the adversities most of them go through. Women are strong. Women can stand up for themselves and be successful under very difficult circumstances.  Please tell us about your struggle and your successes.

I did not choose this theme as a social posture. If I had done so some people would have thought – perhaps – that women’s work is inconsequential unless grouped under the label of feminism and/or similar categorizations. Let me be clear. No matter how one looks at this anthology, the featured poems included in it will be outstanding and consequential. That much I can promise you.

If your work is selected for publication, please remember that it is not a certificate of belonging to one group or another.  Your work will be a testimony of your poetic talent, and your power to overcome difficulties and reach for the sky.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit two poems at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Submit your poems in a Word Document, together with a short bio.  You should use Times New Roman 12, double space. No poem should be longer than one page. No bio should be longer than 400 characters.

Please title you submission Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

Poetry sent to any other email will not be taken in consideration.

Example of email submission:

Dear Editor,

Attached please find my submission for Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

Best,

…..

The deadline for submission is April 15.

The plan is to have the anthology published at the end of May 2022.

Looking forward to your submissions,

Sincerely.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

Poem by Gabriela Marie Milton and an Update on the Anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

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My Dear Readers:

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An Update on the Anthology Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

To those of you who already submitted a big thank you.

However, several submissions do not follow the guidelines for submissions. Poetry not submitted according to the guidelines will not be taken in consideration. So please follow the guidelines if you wish to submit or if you already submitted and you did not follow the guidelines please consider to revise and resubmit.

You can read the entire call for submission here.

A quick update:

Submission guidelines:

Please submit up to two poems at shortprose12@gmail.com.

Submit your poems in a Word Document, together with a short bio.  You should use Times New Roman 12, double space. No poem should be longer than one page. No bio should be longer than 400 characters.

Please title you submission Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

Example of email submission:

Dear Editor,

Attached please find my submission for Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women.

Best,

…..

The deadline for submission is April 15.

The plan is to have the anthology published at the end of May 2022.

Looking forward to your submissions.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Please visit MasticadoresUsa, a beutiful poetry site.

Everyday I work to feature wonderful poetry written by my fellow poets. I will be most grateful if you can read and support these poets. Kindness, generosity, and supporting our community are things that I highly appreciate.

Thank you everyone.

Wishing you a great weekend and a fabulous Valentine’s Day.

Gabriela Marie Milton
#1 Amazon Bestseller Author
Books:
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings