A Poem & Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic featured in Portland Book Review

The Penitent Magdalen, Georges de la Tour, Public Domain

A New Poem

(excerpt from my poem You Night to be published in January in an new anthology).

In Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose, author and poet Gabriela Marie Milton takes the reader on a deeply personal journey across the globe and into her heart. The verses delve into themes ranging from love to loss to feminism, all of them clearly inspired by the author’s own experiences. The palpable emotion and unique turns of phrase ensure that this will be a book that will stay with you long after you set it down…

In “The Six O’clock Café,” Milton’s prose takes a turn toward the fictional, combining poetry, magical realism, and mystery to tell a short, impactful story. Once again, loss takes center stage in a highly creative way.

This collection of poetry and poetic prose will be a hit with fans of contemporary poetry looking for something that doesn’t hold back from sharing its innermost emotions and for those who enjoy creative word play.

Reviewed By: Kelly Mills

You can read the entire review HERE:

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose is available on Amazon HERE.


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  2. Those of you who did not receive a reply to your submissions please be patient. You will.
  3. Please keep in mind that all I want is to grow our community and make everyone shine. January will bring exciting news.

Much love to all my followers.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

My Poem You Night Included in Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology, III

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Friedrich Wilhelm Theodor Heyser – Ophelia/ public domain

My Poem You Night Included in Nothing Divine Dies: The Poetry of Nature (Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology, III)

I learned how to read in the mint forest under a pale October moon.
My eyes, blueberries mama gathered in her wicker basket.
The unassuaged yearnings of a golden autumn spread under my skin.
I found the rivers where fish were born, and nightingales sang.
I thought to myself: you, night, how beautiful you are crowned with black poppies and nursing ancient lovers at your chest.
A boat sailed straight through my heart.
The earth stretched its arms to pick up stars.
Then a war started.
A bat-eyed wind blew, and the earth turned toward itself.
And I thought to myself: you night, how painful you are.
Tell me something after I die and before tomorrow’s departure.
Let me wear twelve sage leaves on my lips.
Let my body blossom on the Hill of Slane when the breath of sleep rises from the empty crypt.
You night, how wise you are.

The Anthology

From the publisher:

“From a shaft of sunlight warming the kitchen floor to a lush forest by Walden pond, what is it about experiencing nature that pleases and fulfills us? In the third volume of the Vita Brevis Poetry Anthology, established and emerging poets from around the world show what nature means to them. This is nature poetry at its most precise and moving, continuing the long tradition of Transcendentalism, deciphering ourselves and the world that sustains us — with art.”

Vita Brevis Anthology


There is exciting news published in MasticadoresUsa. Please visit the site Here. Like and follow to support our literary community.

On a different note, this month I will features two poetry collections published or to be published by two of your fellow poets. Please stay tuned for more news.

Thank You and Happy New Year Everyone.

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

Holiday Wishes and a Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Image: Gabriela Marie Milton

My Dear Readers,

I will not post anything before Christmas so Happy Holidays to everyone and Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate the Holy Night. May you be forever loved. May the sky open and rain on you success and joy.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your views, likes, and comments. Thank you for your wonderful support and for making my four years and a half of blogging an unbelievable experience.

To my new followers, welcome. I look forward to reading your work in 2022. To my present followers, huge hugs and thanks. To those who were my followers and do not blog anymore, I miss you and I hope one day you will return to blogging.

For everyone a poem written by one of my favorites poets Rainer Maria Rilke, and Franz Schubert – Ave Maria – interpreted by Mirusia & André Rieu.

by Rainer Maria Rilke

The wind in winter woods is like
a shepherd to his flock of flakes
and soon the firs anticipate
how blessed will be the light

and eavesdrop. The garden doves
ready themselves in branches white
and fend off the wind, growing towards
the glory of this night.


Love to everyone.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Two poems included in FromOneLine Vol.2 Anthology – Published by Kobayaashi Studios

published by Kobayaashi Studios

FromOneLine Vol.2 Anthology

My Dear Readers,

I am thrilled to be included in the most recent anthology published by Kobayaashi Studios: FromOneLine Vol.2.

From the publisher:

The SECOND FromOneLine Anthology is another stunning edition : published as an A5 sized book, featuring 41 prompt lines, 113 authors, and 457 poems and flash fiction.

Stemming from a Twitter-based prompt, the participants of FromOneLine write poetry or very short prose based around a single offered line prompt – and the results have been incredible. A selection of these writings have been gathered into this second volume to be enjoyed at your leisure. Comes with a bookmark.

Paperback : 234 pages
Edited by Meghan Dargue
Published by Kobayaashi Studios

You can get the anthology here or on the publisher’s site here.

You can also visit FromOneLine on Twitter here.

Excerpt from one of my poems:

Don’t turn your back.
I am the glue that holds together the baked sands stuck on
your skin during endless torrid summers.
Sometimes I look like a four-leaf clover sitting on the lapel
of your black coat on the 15th of every month.
Other times when it is dark, you call me Selena, and you
make my twelve fingers knead your ecstasies and plant
them in whispering tombs.



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Thank you for your love and support!

@Gabriela Marie Milton

A Twitter Poem, A Newsletter, and Other Updates

Claude Monet, Sunset-on-the-seine-at-lavacourt-winter-effect, considered in the Public Domain in the United States

A Twitter Poem


Dear Readers.

I hope everyone is doing well.

I plan to create a newsletter to help our literary community better understand the role of social media in our creative endeavors. At the same time – depending on what you want to showcase – the newsletter will help you understand what social media platform is best for you, and what strategies you should employ to advance your goals and get your work widely noticed.

To that end:

No anecdotal stories will be used. Data will come strictly from rigorous academic research done in Schools of Communications across the world. That ensures the credibility of the conclusions presented to you.

The newsletter will be published once every two months.

You will have the opportunity to sign up for the newsletter on my blog in February 2022.

First issue will come out in March 2022.

I will provide you with more information at the end of January 2022.

Other Announcements

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For more poetry follow me on Twitter here.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Rien Que Pour Toi by Gabriela Marie Milton up at Gobblers / Masticadores #poem #poetry

image: Lilith with a Snake, John Collier, public domain

Thank you to Juan for publishing my poem/poetic prose Rien Que Pour Toi in Gobblers / Masticadores.

[The poem is also included in my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose].

Rien Que Pour Toi – poem/poetic prose

… He was fascinated by the purple of my makeup and the yellows of my cobra, who used to erect the upper portion of her body to greet him every time he visited…

Please continue reading HERE.


The winners of the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose will be announced on NOVEMBER 16.

Soon I will launch several initiatives to help our literary community strive more.

Do not forget to read, like, and submit to MasticadoresUSA. MasticadoresUSA community is growing: beautiful poems and fantastic interactions.

Please follow me on Twitter HERE.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Tango – Twitter poem by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry #poetry collection

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Twitter poem by Gabriela Marie Milton

You can get my poetry collection Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose on Amazon HERE.


  1. Thank you again to those who enter the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose. The winners will be announced soon!
  2. Please help our literary community strive. Do not forget to read, like, and submit to MasticadoresUSA.
  3. Follow me on Twitter @shortprose1

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton reviewed in Manhattan Book Review #poetry #poem

available on Amazon here

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose in Manhattan Book Review

In Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose, Gabriela Milton, presents an assorted collection that’s intended to invigorate the soul and speak to the depths of human understanding. She delineates her views on feminism, misogyny, passion, hate, spirituality, winning, and losing; while the most salient topic is love…

Milton’s poetic artistry is bold and beautiful, deep and confounding. It’s laced with gorgeous symbolism and imagery. For example, in “Love Numbers”, she writes, “We laid in the grass, shadows of poppies playing on our faces with the same rhythmicity of the waves on tranquil days.” In “Who Am I”, she notes, “I delight in the waves like a gazelle in the grasslands” and later states, “My mind spreads its wings.” Due to her gift in this area, college literature professors may find her work worthy of analysis and use. It is rich with an assortment of literary greats: personification; simile; and metaphor, just to name a few…

Overall, this collection is noteworthy in its uniqueness and eloquence. Many will likely savor the journey it invites them to travel and will gain insight into the powerful impact of poetry and prose on its connoisseurs.

Reviewed By: Jennifer Padgett

You can read the entire review HERE.

Holding Your Hand – poem included in Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

I walk through the future holding your hand
Barefoot I pray to a God whose name I don’t know
The rain washes our hearts engraved in the wood
The child is the flower of tears and of sweet blood
It’s not love that we want
It’s the resurrection of dead
The breaths that the sea kills with her looks
Your hands and the sin we will never commit
The room that we rented is empty and cold
You know that I came
You feel that I left
I hear your voice
Black coffee waits for the sunrise of us
And the future runs in the past

You can get my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose on Amazon


  1. Thank you again to those who enter the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow. I hope to announce the winners at the end of October.
  2. Help our literary community strive. Do not forget to read, like, and submit to MasticadoresUSA.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Poem by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry collection

image: Gabriela Marie Milton, somewhere in Southern Europe


My new poetry book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow available on Amazon here


  1. For more poetry please follow me on Twitter HERE.
  2. Help our literary community strive. Do not forget to read, like, and submit to MasticadoresUSA.

@Gabriela Marie Milton

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

Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash

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”

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
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.

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