To Hestia: who was forgotten – by Gabriela Marie Milton included in Issue III (Hestia) of Free Verse Revolution #poem #literary magazine #free verse

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To Hestia: who was forgotten – by Gabriela Marie Milton

it’s quiet now
inside the shapes of our burning hearts
tortured the endurance of surreal trees
a headkerchief full of blood dries on a bench
unknown the mark upon the sky to which you point
the windows of bookshops read “kill” and “f..k”

Hestia,
strangled, your virginity hangs on a rusty wire
inside the chimney a creaking creature with bat-eyes
streets filled with guns
mundane caricaturesque phalloi,
demonic blisters rub the hearts
there is no home for millions of us

come back
you, virgin goddess of the heart,
the murder and the sex will stone you in the boulevards
premonitions
there are back streets where you can walk
songs of nightingales and roses will hide you in their arms

you sacred fire, 
give a home to hungry children with no clothes 
to those who sleep under the bridges of cursed stars 
in nights when linden trees in cemeteries bloom 
flame the ebb and flow of skies that know no tides
you, goddess,  
the very subject matter of which I write. 

I am thrilled to be part of Issue III of Free Verse Revolution. You can download the publication for free here.

Update on the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

Thank you to everyone who enter the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. I am honored and touched by your submissions. Your entries are magnificent. Everyone’s writing is so dear to my heart that I will never be able to choose a winner. As a gentle reminder here is how the winners will be selected:

The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

To achieve that I will do the following:

  • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
  • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
  • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
  • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

The winners will be announced in late-October. I will update you periodically.

Prizes:
First Place: $300
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $75

Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

Update on MasticadoresUSA

  • Please visit MasticadoresUSA. Support our community. There are several new and wonderful poems up. Do not forget to like, follow, and submit.
  • @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow by Gabriela Marie Milton reviewed in Seattle Book Review #poetry collection

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    Review

    Dear Readers,

    My poetry book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow was reviewed in Seattle Book Review.

    You can read the review in the link below.

    Here are several snippets:

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose, written by Gabriela Marie Milton, is a brilliant arabesque comprised of authentic artistic stanzas and poetic prose penned the multifaceted emotive lines that highlighted the dichotomous complexities of womanhood in history and modernity…

    Milton detailed the stark dualities of feminine divinity hidden within seemingly everyday occurrences via twenty-five pieces of poetic prose at the end of the book. The prose contrasted aching souls, aging, fear of the unknown, mysterious characters, and a genuine penchant for feeling the essence of life in all experiences, whether negative or positive outcomes.

    Poetic collages adorned with emotional ephemera captured raw femininity dovetailed within the life cycles of womanhood; enmeshed in struggles, trials, and tribulations were depicted with fortitude and honor that chronicled the beautifully gritty feminine experience…”

    Reviewed By: Willow Greymoor

    Updates:

    • Thank you to those of you who entered the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. I am deeply touched and incredibly grateful to everyone. Your poems are magnificent.
    • Help our literary community strive. Do not forget to read, like, and submit to MasticadoresUSA.
    • For more poetry follow me on Twitter here.

    Thank you.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    the miracle of you – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton

    The Fisherman and the Syren (1856–1858), Frederic Leighton.

    the miracle of you

    the moon’s right-hand
    pours soul into my flesh
    pigeons’ wings bring scents of lilac blooms
    the air gets drunk with poetry
    statuary women of the water
    flaunt their hair

    within the loneliness of you
    my heart
    rotates five equinoxes on a wooden spindle
    your eyes pour flesh into my soul
    my body germinates the sounds of growing leaves
    I wash my hands into the waters of Guadalquivir
    in the scented night of those who never sleep
    I say
    I love you
    and in one single breath
    our wedding is transformed
    in an enraptured death

    was it the moon?
    was it the morning dew?
    perhaps it was the miracle of you

    Poem included in my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Amazon available here.

    Updates

    • Please visit MasticadoresUSA. Support our community. There are several new and wonderful poems up. Do not forget to like, follow, and submit.
    • Thank you to everyone who sent poems for the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow| Love Poems and Poetic Prose. The closing date is September 20. You can read more about the contest here and get the book in the link below.

    A Piece From Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Thank You & Several Updates #poem #poetry #poetry collection

    Gabriela Marie Milton/ The Pacific Ocean, August 27, 2021

    A piece from my collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

    Profuse desires

    rolling like waves on white marble sands
    roaring like tigers looking for prey
    howling like winds in gray towns of ghosts
    resting on sofas like courtesans
    praying like nuns married to Christ
    tormenting my dreams
    your raspy deep voice
    dying for love

    The collection is available on Amazon here.

    Thank you to Diana for her beautiful review of my new poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

    My deepest thanks to Diana, a wonderful author, and a great supporter of our WP community, for her beautiful review of Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. The book is available on Amazon here.

    Here is a snippet from Diana’s Amazon review.

    “Her free form poems are rich with imagery and emotion, gently loving, full of longing and loss, and sometimes shining with personal strength. In every way, this collection captures the diversity of experience that comes with being a woman…

    A highly recommended collection for readers of poetry who enjoy flowing imagery, beautiful words, and a deep dive into the soul of womanhood.”

    Please visit Diana’s site here. Her books are gorgeous. You will enjoy reading any of them.

    There is also a wonderful review of my collection posted by Kichi Rsa on Amazon too. I do not know who she is but I am deeply grateful to her for reading my collection and writing a review.

    An excerpt from her review:

    “Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton is a book of the divine, platonic, sometimes erotic, but often intense and thought-provoking poems.
    The language is fresh and delightful and reminds the famous poets’ classic works at the beginning of the XX century. At the same time, it is very modern, too. Rendered with richness and beauty, experiences of true love, sadness, sorrow, and grief we all felt at some point or another. You’ll find everything there: from madness to deep ache, from romantic dreams to constantly shifting relationships.
    In one word, her poems are magic.”

    Thank you Kichi Rsa!

    Several Updates

    • Please visit MasticadoresUSA. Support our community. There are several new and wonderful poems up. Do not forget to like, follow, and submit.
    • I post poetry on Twitter several days a week. I retweet other poets too. Please follow me on Twitter here @shortprose1
    • Thank you to everyone who summitted pieces to the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrows. As a reminder those are the guidelines for submission:

    The poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is now open. This contest honors the literary community that has supported me in my writing journey, and celebrates my becoming a #1 Amazon best-selling author.

    To participate, you should write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and list the name of the piece that inspired your submission.

    The deadline for submission is September 20, 2021. Please submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com.

    Guidelines for submission:

    Label your submission Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow.

    Do not submit more than one poem.

    Do not forget to include: the poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow that inspired you, your name or pen name, and the email address where you can be contacted.

    Please submit your poem in the body of the email. No attachments or links will be open.

    Prizes:

    First Place: $300
    Second Place: $150
    Third Place: $75

    Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

    If you do not have a PayPal account, please open one.

    All winners will be featured on my blog. So will those who finish in the following places: 4, 5 and 6.

    It is my hope that the winners will use part of their prizes to buy two or three books of their favorite fellow poets or novelists in order to help our literary community strive. If you do so, please let us know what you bought.

    How the selection will be made?

    The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

    To achieve that I will do the following:

    • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
    • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
    • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
    • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

    The winners will be announced in mid-October. I will update you periodically.

    Thank you to everyone who already submitted.

    To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Thank You and an Update on the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow #poems #reviews

    Photo: Gabriela Marie Milton

    To My Wonderful Followers

    Thank you to my wonderful followers who have supported my work and showed me love and respect during my almost 4 years of blogging. I am deeply grateful to you and beyond humbled by your kindness.

    In this post, special thanks to Joni Caggiano [site link] and to Dave Williams [site link].

    Joni is a published poet and author of The Path Toward The Light, available for purchase on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle). She recently posted a wonderful review of my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow on Amazon. Joni’s gesture touched my heart. Below please find a snippet from her review. You can read the entire review on Amazon, and please do not forget to visit Joni’s blog.

    I have discovered [in Woman: Splendor and Sorrow] an amalgamation of emotions that touch on every part of a woman’s existence.

    Yet never have I experienced such a strong sense of compassion in every imaginable object as she transcends the physical world and relates to living entities, or nature, in the same way as she does human beings. Some examples that give us a taste of the extensiveness of these writing are as follows:*

    “peaches will grow on one side of the moon
    Injured lambs will scream on the other”

    “I am neither a gift
    Nor something you can keep
    I am the syllable forgotten on your lip”

    Thank you, Joni. I do not know if I would ever be able to repay your kindness.

    Dave is a published poet and the author of Nobody Will Like This Book. Yesterday he wrote a review of my first poetry collection Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings stating:

    Before I get to the review, Gabriela Marie Milton is holding a poetry contest around her new book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. Head on over to her blog post for details!

    Now on to the review of her previous book…

    Let’s say you’ve walked through a few houses with blank walls. Maybe these are show houses in a new development in town. The blankness of the houses reminds you of routines: doing the same things every day, eating the same foods.

    Then you enter a house with tapestries hanging on the walls. The tapestries are filled with vibrant images and suggestions of senses. That’s the kind of feeling given by Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings. Each poem is like a tapestry. 

    You walk up to each tapestry and absorb the images woven into the fabric. 

    The poems are celebrations of language, locations, emotions, and senses.

    Thank you, Dave. Repaying your kindness will be hard, but I assure you I will do my best. Everyone, please visit Dave’s blog.

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow Poetry Contest Reminder

    The poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is now open. This contest honors the literary community that has supported me in my writing journey, and celebrates my becoming a #1 Amazon best-selling author.

    To participate, you should write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and list the name of the piece that inspired your submission.

    The deadline for submission is September 20, 2021. Please submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com.

    Guidelines for submission:

    Submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com

    Label your submission Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow.

    Do not submit more than one poem.

    Do not forget to include: the poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow that inspired you, your name or pen name, and the email address where you can be contacted.

    Please submit your poem in the body of the email. No attachments or links will be open.

    Prizes:

    First Place: $300

    Second Place: $150

    Third Place: $75

    Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

    If you do not have a PayPal account, please open one.

    All winners will be featured on my blog. So will those who finish in the following places: 4, 5 and 6.

    It is my hope that the winners will use part of their prizes to buy two or three books of their favorite fellow poets or novelists in order to help our literary community strive. If you do so, please let us know what you bought.

    How the selection will be made?

    The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

    To achieve that I will do the following:

    • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
    • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
    • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
    • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

    The winners will be announced in mid-October. I will update you periodically.

    Thank you to everyone who already submitted.

    To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

    A Snippet from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

    In the evening, the sky stretches itself from blue to dark violet. The silk of the gloves hugs my fingers. I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne. She hisses at me. I open a package of silk stockings. The door opens by itself, and you step in. Then it closes. I stare at you. You are in by your own volition.  One kiss, and you borrow my tears. One touch, and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom. I sleep besides death like Sarah Bernhardt.

    Did you hear that noise? A rosary fell from the Spanish chest.

    The wind slips between the petals of a rose and opens it.

    Who am I? If I knew, I would tell you.

    Did you say you love me? The twenty-four hours are up. Nobody is facing in the direction of the sea anymore.

    There is no me.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow Poetry Contest #anoncement #poem #poetry

    My Dear Readers,

    The poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is now open. This contest honors the literary community that has supported me in my writing journey, and celebrates my becoming a #1 Amazon best-selling author.

    To participate, you should write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon best-selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and list the name of the piece that inspired your submission.

    The deadline for submission is September 20, 2021. Please submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com.

    Guidelines for submission:

    Submit your work before September 20 at shortprose12@gmail.com

    Label your submission Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow.

    Do not submit more than one poem.

    Do not forget to include: the poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow that inspired you, your name or pen name, and the email address where you can be contacted.

    Please submit your poem in the body of the email. No attachments or links will be open.

    Prizes:

    First Place: $300

    Second Place: $150

    Third Place: $75

    Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.

    If you do not have a PayPal account, please open one.

    All winners will be featured on my blog. So will those who finish in the following places: 4, 5 and 6.

    It is my hope that the winners will use part of their prizes to buy two or three books of their favorite fellow poets or novelists in order to help our literary community strive. If you do so, please let us know what you bought.

    How the selection will be made?

    The selection method is similar to that of a double-blind peer review: the reviewer doesn’t know the identity of the author, and vice-versa.

    To achieve that I will do the following:

    • Create a master document with all submissions. Remove the name of the authors and replace them with numbers.
    • Create a second document with the name of the authors and their assigned numbers.
    • I will not participate in the process of determining the winners. Winners will be determined by two of your peers.
    • However, I will disclose a piece of information and deviate a bit from the fully double-blind process:  the editor of Vita Brevis Poetry Magazine, Brian Geiger, will be one of the reviewers. 

    The winners will be announced in mid-October. I will update you periodically.

    Good luck to everyone who wishes to participate and thank you again for your support.

    To the future winners: please remember to spread love in our community and buy some books written by your WP favorite authors.

    A Snippet from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

    In the evening, the sky stretches itself from blue to dark violet. The silk of the gloves hugs my fingers. I feed my iguana with cookies soaked in champagne. She hisses at me. I open a package of silk stockings. The door opens by itself, and you step in. Then it closes. I stare at you. You are in by your own volition.  One kiss, and you borrow my tears. One touch, and I borrow your pain. A passage rite. I keep a coffin adorned with lilies in my bedroom. I sleep besides death like Sarah Bernhardt.

    Did you hear that noise? A rosary fell from the Spanish chest.

    The wind slips between the petals of a rose and opens it.

    Who am I? If I knew, I would tell you.

    Did you say you love me? The twenty-four hours are up. Nobody is facing in the direction of the sea anymore.

    There is no me.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Love poem by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry contest #poetry collection

    Love Poem

    Poetry Contest

    My Dear Readers,

    To honor the community who have supported my writing journey and my work I plan to have a poetry contest in September.  I will ask you to write one poem inspired by a piece from my #1 Amazon Best-Selling poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and to list the name of the piece that inspired your submission. There will be prizes.  More info about the contest coming up in September.

    MasticadoresUSA update

    Thanks to Juan, MasticadoresUSA has now a new beautiful theme. There are several new posts on the site. For me MasticadoresUSA is a labor of love. It is a way of giving back to the WP community. Thank you to everyone who supports this site.

    You can read the work of your fellow poets and follow the site here.

    Love to everyone.

    #1 Amazon Best-Selling Poetry Collection (August 9&10) Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton:

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    My book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow #1 in Amazon Hot New Releases #bestselling author #poetry #poem

    My Dear Readers,
    Several announcements:

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton #1 in Amazon Hot New Releases

    Yesterday, August 9, 2021, my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow was #1 in Amazon Hot New Releases, Poetry Subjects and Themes. Yesterday, I became a bestselling author.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have no words to tell you how humbled I am by your support, and by that of my followers from other social media outlets. Special thanks to my WP friends who are going through challenging times, and yet they still find ways to support and encourage me.

    Equally, special thanks to my family, and to that wonderful person in my life who is a renowned and accomplished academic and author in his own right, and who he is now the “wind beneath my wings.”

    My Dear Readers,  

    Do not listen to any detractors. There will be people who will envy you. There will be people who will denigrate your work, and you personally. There will be people who will want to drag you down. Do not listen to them. Keep going. Keep shining. Keep writing. If I can do it you can do it too. I will support each one of you as much as I can.

    Poetry Contest

    To honor the community who have supported my writing journey and my work I plan to have a poetry contest in September.  I will ask you to write one poem inspired by a piece from my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow and to list the name of the piece that inspired your submission. There will be prizes.  More info about the contest coming up in September.

    MasticadoresUSA update

    Thanks to Juan, MasticadoresUSA has now a new beautiful theme. There are several new posts on the site. For me MasticadoresUSA is a labor of love. It is a way of giving back to the WP community. Thank you to everyone who supports this site.

    You can read the work of your fellow poets and follow the site here.

    Love to everyone.

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton:

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

     

    Twitter Poem and Updates on Women: Splendor and Sorrow by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry collection #poems #poetry by women

    Twitter Poem – Gabriela Marie Milton

    Updates on Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

    Amazon US – on August 4 my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow was in the top 17 new release bestsellers for poetry by women. Number 16 Louise Glück who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. Running right behind her like on August 2. Humbled beyond words.

    Amazon Ca – Today, August 6 my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is in the top #19 new release bestsellers for poetry by women in Canada. Again humbled beyond words.

    My dear followers, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind support.


    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Woman: Splendor and Sorrow – in the top 20 new release bestsellers for poetry by women #poetry collection #poetry by women #poems

    My publisher Brian Geiger informed me that yesterday August 2 my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow was in the top 20 new release bestsellers for poetry by women. Number 19 Louise Glück who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. Running right behind her. Humbled beyond words.

    Special thanks to everyone who bought my new book. At the same time special thanks to Brian who worked so hard on the publication of the book.

    From Brian’s announcement:

    “A poem in itself is a marvelous thing, but a collection of poetry is something else entirely — like the broader beauty of an arabesque, it’s felt more than seen. Perhaps this is what T.S. Elliot meant when he said genuine poetry communicates before it’s understood. The nebulous beauty of art, the feelings it stirs …”

    Please continue reading HERE

    The Amazon link to my book:

    and crossing oceans and sending love to everyone.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton