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

    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

    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

     

    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

    Summer Reading Recommendations #poetry #prose #updates

    Dear Readers,

    Here are some of my summer reading recommendations. I haven’t ranked-ordered them. They are all excellent choices.

    Summer recommendations:

    Midnight With Words: Late Night Conversations in Poetry.

    An anthology in which you will find poetry of stunning refinement, of beauty, and subtle meanings. An exceptional recital of verses that enchants the mind and the senses. This is one of the most impressive anthologies I’ve ever read.

    Author: Lisa Alletson, Joe Barca, Cynthia Capri, Delilah Doe, Mark H. Fitzpatrick, Ty Gardner, Jeffrey Haskey-Valerius, Rebecca Hooper, Andy MacGregor, Jared Mulhair, Antonia Wang, and Wanjiku Wanjiru.

    A Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D. Wallace Peach

    Enter a world of fantasy, and with that the mesmerizing writing style of D. Wallace Peach. The book has a fascinating plot, passages of powerful imagery, and emblematic characters; in short the real ingredients of a bestseller.

    Visit Diana’s site here.

    The Anthropocene Hymnal anthology is here.

    Please do not forget that you can order now The Anthropocene Hymnal anthology. The Anthology is “a poetic response to the joint crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.” (Ingrid Wilson, ed.) Read more on Ingrid Wilson’s site.

    Crossroads (Winds of Love) by Jude Itakaly

    A dazzling collection of poetry written by a young author. Let’s listen to him:

    “I wrote Crossroads for all who have not found romantic love and are on the threshold of giving up on it, for all who have love and may be about to give it up, and for all who have been wounded gravely by love and are scared of ever trying it again. It is a companion that stirs memory in reminiscent and also horrific ways only to finally awaken hope and new life in us, where the best love may come to us.”

    Jude’s landing page

    Update on my upcoming collection of poetry Woman: Splendor and Sorrow

    For those of you who are interested in my upcoming collection of poetry Woman: Splendor and Sorrow my publisher and I decided we will not open it for pre-order. The book will be published on July 31. Both versions e-book and paperback will be available via Amazon. I will post the links on July 31.

    MasticadoresUSA updates

    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.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton


    Gabriela Marie Milton – interview in New York Glamour Magazine #poetry interview

    Gabriela Marie Milton – interview in New York Glamour Magazine

    My Dear Readers,

    I am extremely grateful to be featured in New York Glamour Magazine.

    Here are a few snippets from my interview:

    NY Glam: What are your top three favorite books?

    My favorite poet is Arthur Rimbaud. His work Illuminations left a profound mark in my soul. I recently found a blog in The Guardian written years ago and entitled: “Rimbaud was no genius: The vagabond prodigy promised greatness but never delivered.” I beg to differ...

    NY Glam: What three social topics/theme do you care mostly about and why?

    Discrimination, abuses of power, and climate change. To some extent they overlap. I despise discrimination with its claim to primordial identities…

    NY Glam: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

    Read. Write. Do not compare yourself with others. Stay close to people who inspire and help. Stay true to your heart… Forget about social constraints. Social constraints are put in place by structures of power that fear talent of any kind. They fear progress because…. Greatness always encounters resistance.

    I would be very grateful to you if you could read the entire interview HERE.

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    There is a new poem by Merry Maiden up at MasticadoresUSA. There are other great features coming up this week so please stay tuned.

    Thank you to everyone you follows MasticadoresUSA. Building a community is a very difficult endeavor. I deeply appreciate your visits and your likes.

    @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