Woman: Splendor and Sorrow by Gabriela Marie Milton just published #poetry collection #poems

My book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is out!

My Dear Readers,

My book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is out!

I am deeply grateful to my followers who have supported me. My gratitude to my publisher, Brian Geiger – Vita Brevis Press – for accepting my manuscript and making my dream come true.

Book marketing is exceedingly difficult for me because I write under a penname. As I pointed out in an interview when I publish: “There are no gettings together, no signing of books in bookstores, no flowers, no friends to buy a bunch of your books and start writing reviews.”

Yet I have you, my WP and my social media friends. You make my writing journey beautiful. You make my soul blossom with joy.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

From the back cover:

“Woman is a triumphant collection of poetry. Milton explores with sincerity and great craft the many faces of identity and womanhood. This is the sort of poetry collection that will resonate with any reader.”

writes Brian Geiger, editor of Vita Brevis Press

You can order the e-book and the paperback in the link below.

I am also grateful to Brian for featuring me on Vita Brevis Poet Spotlight a place where, if you wish, you can learn more about my publications, my awards, and you can read my most recent interview.

From the Spotlight:

An Interview with Gabriela Marie Milton

Gabriela Marie Milton is a poet of condition rather than profession. I wrote as much in the foreword to her collection of poetry, Passions, referring to the great Robert Graves’ suggestion that the art of poetry isn’t so much learned as it is lived. This is the first thing readers of Milton’s work will realize; this is poetry with soul.

What’s the Purpose of Poetry?

Gabriela Marie Milton: “My first impulse is to answer the creation of meanings. That which is not directly expressed impacts us differently than a simple narration. A table of contents informs us. It speaks to our reason. A poem takes us to the plans of our inner and outer worlds that lie beyond reasoning, such as for instance the oneiric plan. 

“Of course, great poetry was written during the Enlightenment period: a period characterized by the celebration of reason.

You can read more below.

Thank you.
Love.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

 

On Poetry, and Woman: Splendor and Sorrow – by Gabriela Marie Milton #short essay #poem #literature

My Dear Readers,

The purpose of this post is two-fold.

  • To share with you some thoughts on poetry.
  • To briefly give you more information about my upcoming poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow, Vita Brevis Press, release date July 31. 2021, and share with you one of my favorite poems included in this collection.

  • Random Thoughts on Poetry
  • In an interview with New York Glamor Magazine, I stated: “Poetry is the magnificence which reflects upon the landscape of our souls.” My intent was neither to offer an exhaustive definition of poetry, nor to dive into the more complex realm of conceptualization, and try to explain of what poetry is composed. How arrogant of me that would have been. For those who did not get the news yet, arrogance is not sexy. It is not a precondition for talent and/or high intelligence.

    However, back to my tentative definition of poetry. It suffices to say that, if one pays close attention to my words, the most obvious conclusion is that poetry is “out there” waiting to be recognized, and to reflect itself upon the landscape of our souls.  Once recognized, the reflection happens only in the measure to which our souls can create a mirror image, albeit highly distorted and with the degree of distortion predicated on our sensibility.

    As Nigel McLoughlin wrote: “Recognition depends not on linguistic criteria or on conscious thought, but on what is physically felt. It does not demand structure or form. It is beyond that.” [McLoughlin, Nigel F ORCID: 0000-0002-0382-6831 (2013) Writing Poetry. In: A Companion to Creative Writing. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 40-55]

    Poetry is indeed beyond structure and form and, if I may, is “out there.” All of us are poets when that which we gather with our sense starts having an emotional and physical impact on us.

    [draft – Thoughts on Poetry will continue in an interview with me conducted by Brian Geiger, the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine.]

  • On Woman: Splendor and Sorrow  
  • Woman is a collection of 63 love poems and 25 pieces of poetic prose. I talked in another post about the feminist and philosophical trends in my poetic prose. However, the main theme of my book is love.

    Therefore, in this post I would like to quickly turn to my love poems. Out of the 63 love poems included in Woman, “The Biblical Sense Of To Know” is my favorite. The poem was first published by Spillwords Press under one of my pen names: Gabriela M on March 10, 2020. Below is the original text of the poem as published by Spillwords. In Woman, the text was slightly modified.

    the biblical sense of to know
    born in a summer that never existed
    nailed to the cross of your poems
    I’m losing my mind inside the blue night
    I reach you in dreams you do not understand
    It hurts when I’m there
    It hurts when I’m not
    I ask for the help gravediggers can grant
    I wrote I love you on a note that I locked
    It wasn’t a snake, it was an iguana
    the night the tango nuevo played its guitar
    on fifteen decades I counted my prayers
    my fingers were naked
    my fingers were gloved

    Why do I like this poem so much?  Because in the moments I wrote it reality deeply reflected in the mirrors of my souls. I was hurting.

    I do not believe poets know only that which comes “by observation of themselves.” The observation of ourselves is only one of the preconditions of poetry. The multiple faces of reality is perhaps another one.

    my fingers were naked
    my fingers were gloved

    Those are simply two instances of the same thing.

    I will talk to you more soon.

    Thank you for reading.
    Love to everyone.  

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow by Gabriela Marie Milton – full cover reveal #poetry #poetry collection

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow cover reveal

    My Dear Readers,

    I am thrilled that my new poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow will be released on July 31. Both formats -e-book and paperback – will be available.

    Thank you to everyone who supported me, encouraged me, and inspired me.

    artwork used in the creation of the cover: Odalisque in a modern style – original acrylic painting by arteliia (Shutterstock)

    From the back cover:

    “Woman is a triumphant collection of poetry. Milton explores with sincerity and great craft the many faces of identity and womanhood. This is the sort of poetry collection that will resonate with any reader.”

    Brian Geiger, editor of Vita Brevis Press

    MasticadoresUSA update

    Please visit MasticadoresUSA here. There is new wonderful poetry by Karima Hoisan, Annette Kalandros, Nancy Elliott, Punam and others that I probably mentioned before. Please support your fellow poets and do not forget to follow the site.

    Thank you.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    The front cover of my upcoming poetry book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow #Gabriela Marie Milton #cover reveal – MasticadoresUSA update

    The front cover of my upcoming poetry book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

    Dear Readers,

    My second poetry book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow will be published by Vita Brevis Press at the end of July. I hope you enjoy the front cover.

    Here is a snippet from my dedication:

    “The core of this book is love. Yet, you will find in it philosophical thoughts on literature, on winning and losing, on hate, on feminism, and on life in general.
    My dear reader, from wherever you are in this world, walk with me on the beautiful path of the human heart. I promise you will not regret doing so. On this road you will find love and the symbols that define us as humans.”

    Image used in the cover: Odalisque in a modern style – original acrylic painting by arteliia (Shutterstock)

    MasticadoresUSA – update

    Two beautiful poems are now up at MasticadoresUSA.

    Please welcome our first guest from outside the US who presently resides in Slovenia: Ingrid Wilson. Read Ingrid’s poem “Am I only?” here.

    In case you missed Java Avendel’s poem “Gloaming” you can read it here.

    Do not forget to follow MasticadoresUSA.


    Thank you
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    A beautiful anthology – The Sound of Brilliance: The Short of It – is out #guest post

    It is my pleasure to introduce you to The Sound of Brilliance: The Short of It by Susi Bocks. In Susi’s words the anthology features the brilliant work of 41 poets and writers. I know some of them and I truly look forward to reading this beautiful collection.


    Joni Caggiano and Jaya Avendel, as well as other wonderful writers, are included in this anthology. Please consider buying it.

    Furthermore below is the link for Poets Coffee Table Chat- April 5. You can listen to Susi talking about the anthology, and to various poets – Joni included – discussing multiple issues and reading their poetry. I hope you enjoy.

    Love

    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    The Ides of October #poem #poetry #poetry collection

     

    I paid for all the happiness that was bestowed upon us by the Ides of October.
    I used to feel the presence of the child all around me.
    A woman said I should pick a piece of slough cast by a snake and wear it against my skin.
    I did it.
    Flushed as a young peach every sunset became a resurrection.
    Roses wrapped around my waist and later in June the child was born.

     

    A new October sets our pictures on the Spanish chest.
    Emotions animate your cheeks.
    Every night above the trees the moon nurses the stars.
    When I see cocoons of the larvae, I think silk as soft as the hair of the child.
    When I say I love you, I think death as the harbinger of birth.
    Your lips tremble and your voice flattens.
    I know you love me.
    With nude fingers the Ides of October betroth us again.

    [Ides as the 15th day in March, May, July, and October according to the Roman calendar]

     

    My poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings is available on Amazon here .
    Passions featured in San Francisco Book Review
    Passions featured in Manhattan Book Review.

    image:  Maria Okolnichnikova; Shutterstock; [link]

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    lilies of the valley #poem #prose poem #short prose #poetry collection

    I can see the woman who assumes things. Every night she picks the flowers that I throw on the road: withered lilies of the valley. She wants to be me. She wants my blood. She does not know I rearranged the bell-shaped whites so no one else can breathe their sweet scents. No one else can be me. No one else can make you, you.

    The woman puts the withered flowers in her bag.

    A new moon rises over her left shoulder. Bad luck.

    I shiver.

    I rush to protect her.

    I stumble.

    Before he died my father said:

    If you try to do justice to the wicked, you will forget to do justice to the virtuous. And if you forget to do justice to the virtuous you only work for yourself. That is the biggest sin of all.

    I have to think again.

     

    My poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings is available on Amazon here .
    Passions featured in San Francisco Book Review
    Passions featured in Manhattan Book Review.
    image: Sandratsky Dmitriy; Shutterstock; [link]

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Launch of Liars and Thieves by D. Wallace Peach #Book Tour #Novel #Guest Post

    My Dear Readers,

    I am delighted to host Diana on my blog today. Diana is a fantastic novelist and a wonderful friend to those who know her.

    Please stop by to congratulate Diana on the launching of her novel Liars and Thieves, the first book in her new Unraveling the Veil series.
    Global Link Purchase http://a-fwd.com/asin=B08FGQ2W3Q

    Blurb:

    Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

    Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

    A misfit elf plagued by failure—

    When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.

    A changeling who betrays his home—

    Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.

    A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—

    Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.

    When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.

    Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.

    Q & A

    How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite of your books and if so, why?

    My goal, years ago, was to write 15 books. With the addition of this trilogy, I’ll have reached 19 total books! What a surprising journey it’s been. I actually don’t have a favorite. When I write, I get intimate with my characters. I experience their challenges, sorrows and longings, their tragedies and victories. They become people I’ve known and cared about, part of my life. Are all my books equally well-written? Of course not, but to me they’re all special.

    Trailer:

    Author Bio:

    Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.

    Author Links:

    Website/Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com

    Website/Books: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com

    Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Myths-of-the-Mirror/187264861398982

    Twitter: @dwallacepeach

    Thank you!
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    A short poem and a new review of Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings # micropoem #review #poetry collection

    My Dear Readers,

    Below please find one of my new poems entitled Yellow, and a new review of my poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings. The laudatory content and the language used by the reviewer – whom I do not know – made a big impression on me.

    Yellow

    A red sky sews our hearts together.
    The moon threads the needle.
    She pricks her finger.
    A yellow tear falls on my cheek.

    Review

    [In Passions] each poem unfolds different scenery with its very own landscape and emotions. It offers a full repertoire of sensations to explore with all the human senses. The reader will be able to smell, touch, see, taste, and hear everything that the poem narrates, transforming the reading into a unique experience. “Those roses which die in the winter/played the piano last night/a whirlpool of notes and of poems/inscribed on a wall painted in blue” (p.26) Reading these lines, it feels as if you were immersed on them, surrounded by those roses and the whirlpool of notes and poems. Closer to the end of the book you have the Prose Poems and Flash Fiction. These are short stories written in poetic prose, which is a hybrid genre of writing that mixes the attributes and structures of both prose and poetry, meaning you can find short stories divided into brief paragraphs or separated into lines on the page, which is the process known as lineation, used when writing poetry. The stories narrated in these sections address issues like the strength of character, loneliness, obsession, love, family, and every little thing that comes with human relationships. It is exceptionally and beautifully written and it completely captivates the reader and makes him feel the same way the poet does….

    The writer of this book uses symbolism, alliteration, and other figures of speech such as metaphor, metonymy or simile brilliantly and intellectually. She creates a complex yet excellent layering of meanings, forming connections between the verses that were not previously perceived, and it also establishes a resonance or even similarity between images that may seem disparate when you first read them. It is a wonderful book to read if you are interested in a kind of poetry with universal meaning and value….

    You can read the entire review here.

    You can order Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings on Amazon here .

    Passions featured in San Francisco Book Review

    Passions featured in Manhattan Book Review.

    Thank you
    Love.
    Gabriela

    image: agsandrew; Shutterstock; [link]

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    My Book, Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, featured in San Francisco Book Review #book review

    We desperately want to love, to possess each other, caught in a perpetual rush to justify our existence.
    Yet there is no love that can fully satisfy us. The passions of the flesh get exhausted in bed. What is left is exhausted by our imagination.

    Excerpt from my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings [on Amazon here].

    My Dear Friends,
    Thank you to everyone who reads my work. Your support means the world to me.  Below please find the review of my book, Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, in San Francisco Book Review.

    The series transports us on a journey of love as much as it delivers us a thematically diverse set of emotions. This is a superb collection.”
    Bobbie Peyton

    Please read the entire review here.

    Thank you.
    Love.
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    image: Liliya Kulianionak; Shutterstock; [link]