A heartfelt thank you to Ingrid for reviewing my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose & a poem

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A heartfelt thank you to Ingrid for her beautiful review of my book Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose

“I have just finished reading Woman: Splendor and Sorrow, the second poetry and short prose collection from the exceptionally talented Gabriela Marie Milton. It is no word of a lie to say that the book transported me, to a world, not only of the senses, but to the association of those senses with all that is true and beautiful in life. This collection flames with the passion and intensity of the true Artist.”

Please continue reading HERE.

Please visit Ingrid’s site to read her wonderful poems and learn about her plans. Please continue buying Ingrid’s superb anthology The Anthropocene Hymnal.

Lilies of the Valley – a poem from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose

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.

Updates:

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.

You can find my book in the link below.

@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.

Updates:

  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

Good morning to my wonderful followers

photo: Gabriela Marie Milton

Good morning to my wonderful followers

My Dear Followers,

For you the poetry of morning roses and one of the greatest voices I have ever heard: the voice of Elīna Garanča.

“Among other roles, she [Elīna Garanča] is particularly famed for her portrayal as Bizet’s Carmen which she has sung at both the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Metropolitan Opera to critical acclaim; the NY Times named her “the finest Carmen in 25 years…”. The Carmen production was broadcasted in more than 1,000 movie theatres worldwide and is one of the most viewed and successful “Live in HD” performances of the Metropolitan Opera.” Read more here and here.

I hope everyone enjoys her fabulous voice.

On a different note, I will be back soon with more poems and exciting updates on the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose.

May you have a glorious weekend.

May you be loved and inspired.

Yours,

Gabriela

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

@Gabriela Marie Milton

Poem by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry collection

image: Gabriela Marie Milton, somewhere in Southern Europe

Poem

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

Announcements

  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

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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.
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    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

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

    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

    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. A number of poems included in Woman: Splendor and Sorrow can be found on this blog.

    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

    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

     

    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

    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