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

    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

    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

    Ingrid Wilson’s Reading: ‘Destiny of this earth’ by Gabriela Marie Milton #The Anthropocene Hymnal Anthology #poetry #poem

    The Anthropocene Hymnal is out!

    My Dear Readers,

    The Anthropocene Hymnal Anthology edited and compiled by Ingrid Wilson is now available on Amazon. Please consider ordering here.

    Poetry Reading

    I am deeply grateful to Ingrid for her beautiful reading of my poem “Destiny of this earth.” [included in the anthology]

    You can visit Ingrid’s post below

    or here is a direct link to Ingrid’s reading and the text of my poem.


    destiny of this earth
    you are my destiny too
    I burn in wildfires and spin in the eyewalls of hurricanes that should never be
    I sit at the intersection of two bridges that lead nowhere
    wonder how many days this earth and I have left
    there is no more laughter in the eyes of the stars
    there are no more shells on the shore
    the waves leave behind the deformed plastic of heated summers
    echoes of drunken voices
    I vacillate between the poetry of broken glass and the memory of winters
    that do not exist anymore
    metallic noises breathe the air
    and eat from the shoulder of the mountain
    a curse floats in the horizon


    you
    my earth
    in autumn when I used to break the fruit of the vines under my feet
    you nursed me under your shades of green
    dressed me in small shy roses
    covered my face in the first dew of your mornings
    now tell me
    how to heal the wounds of your forests
    placate the jaws of your non-ending storms
    erase the negative of love from the face of your cries


    destiny of this earth
    you are my destiny too
    teach me what saviors do

    Gentle reminders:

    • There are several new posts up at MasticadoresUSA. For me MasticadoresUSA is a labor of love. Thank you to everyone who supports this site. You can read the work of your fellow poets and follow the site here.
    • For those of you who are interested, my new collection of poetry Woman: Splendor and Sorrow will be published by Vita Brevis Press on July 31.

    Have a fabulous day everyone.
    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

    Cruel Sunsets by Gabriela Marie Milton #poem #poetry #short prose

     Anna Ismagilova; Shutterstock

    Cruel Sunsets by Gabriela Marie Milton

    Summer sunsets with their cruel debaucheries of orange and purple. Concentrated scents of saffron and roses in the hallways. Dates filled with marzipan.  I crave sweetness like I crave you.

    Nightmares. A sailor drowned a cat at sea. Someone paid him to do it.

    I cannot breathe anymore.  

    Last night in one of the upstairs bedrooms the child’s toys changed places. A candle lit by itself.

    I do not wish you were here. I am beyond that. My blood flows in the opposite direction. I am the plenitude of my febrilities. I am incandescent.

    Remember that scene from Jane Eyre? Bertha: beautiful, exotic, insane, locked in a room. Bertha whom Rochester married in Jamaica. Every time he tried to open the door she would rush to tear him apart. Why am I thinking Bertha?

    I can see you walking in the streets of another continent. I can hear your murmurs by the sea.

    I still cannot breathe.

    My darling, “will you still be loving me when the summer is gone?” 

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    There are several new poems up at MasticadoresUSA. Please visit the site here and support your fellow poets. Do not forget to follow the site.

    Thank you.

    Have a beautiful summer everyone.

    @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

    I am the one – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton translated into Italian by Daniela Cerrato up at Gioielli Rubati 146

    Anna Ismagilova; Shutterstock

    My poem I am the one translated into Italian by Daniela Cerrato is up at Gioielli Rubati 146.

    Those of you who can read Italian please visit Gioielli Rubati 146 here.

    My most sincere thanks to Daniela who translated my poem.
    Grazie di core, Daniela [visit site].

    Deep thanks to Flavio Almerighi [visit side] too, the founder of Gioielli Rubati, who featured me in previous editions, and who translated into Italian several pieces included in my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings [available on Amazon here].

    I am the one

    I am the voice of your past loves
    resounding in your wildest fantasies
    dressed in roses at the altar of your dreams
    I am the one you’ve never had
    my soul flows from the tears of the Nile
    from the hands of children who still beg
    through ruins, darkness, and deep pain
    through wars which they will never understand
    I am the last who will be saved
    for I have sinned under the shadow of His cross
    when Spanish fountains cry in the sunset
    I am the Desdemona who you’ve never met
    today Granada’s just the place
    in which García Lorca once was killed
    I am the feather of a gold macaw bird
    and in the city where bells toll
    I am the one whose cries you’ve never heard.

    Io sono l’unica

    Sono la voce dei tuoi amori passati
    che si fa eco nelle tue fantasie più selvagge
    vestita di rose all’altare dei tuoi sogni
    Sono colei che non hai mai avuto,
    la mia anima scorre dalle lacrime del Nilo
    dalle mani dei bambini che ancora mendicano
    attraverso rovine, oscurità e dolore profondo
    attraverso guerre che non capiranno mai.
    Sono l’ultima che si salverà
    perché ho peccato all’ombra della Sua croce
    quando le fontane spagnole piangono al tramonto
    Sono la Desdemona che non hai mai incontrato,
    oggi Granada è il luogo
    in cui una volta fu ucciso García Lorca.
    Sono la piuma dell’uccello ara dorato
    e nella città dove suonano le campane
    sono la sola di cui non hai mai udito i pianti.

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    A beautiful poem by Joni Caggiano is up at MasticadoresUSA. Please read it here and subscribe to MasticadoresUSA.

    Do you want to submit? Please read the guidelines here.
    Thank you
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    I am the one – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton / MasticadoresUSA update

    Mariia aiiraM; Shutterstock

    I am the one

    [poem included in my poetry collection

    Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings]

    I am the voice of your past loves
    resounding in your wildest fantasies
    dressed in roses at the altar of your dreams
    I am the one you’ve never had
    my soul flows from the tears of the Nile
    from the hands of children who still beg
    through ruins, darkness, and deep pain
    through wars which they will never understand
    I am the last who will be saved
    for I have sinned under the shadow of His cross
    when Spanish fountains cry in the sunset
    I am the Desdemona who you’ve never met
    today Granada’s just the place
    in which García Lorca once was killed
    I am the feather of a gold macaw bird
    and in the city where bells toll
    I am the one whose cries you’ve never heard.

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    A fabulous poem by Tremaine L. Loadholt is up at MasticadoresUSA. Please read it here and please subscribe to MasticadoresUSA.

    Do you want to submit? Please read the guidelines here.
    Thank you
    Gabriela

    @Gabriela Marie Milton