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

    Butterflies always die – poetic prose by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry #poetic prose

    HAJI21-cz; Pixabay

    In times of fortune and misfortune I am always at the mercy of silence. Perhaps because I was born on an island where seldom does anything happen.

    Yesterday the water and the light invaded my tongue’s buds, and I was forced to look at myself upside down. I could see the splendor of a naked butterfly ready to mate. Do you know for how long do two butterflies stay together? Sixteen hours. The exact time we spent together in the silence of the island.

    Suspended in the between times neither of us moved. No cosmic sacrifice happened. No driving force was brought to life. No blood interfered between …. please continue reading at MasticadoresUSA.


    My book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings featured in San Francisco Book Review and Manhattan Book Review.

    @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 Marie Milton

    Summer Fantasy poem by Gabriela Marie Milton/ MasticadoresUSA Update

    pluie_r; Shutterstock

    Summer Fantasy

    poem included in my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings (Vita Brevis Press, April 2020) available on Amazon here

    my eyes are water wells
    mirroring your body
    into a time which shrinks
    my lips shine on stained glass
    windows to the sea
    a virgin violin
    faints into your lap
    sick with jealousy
    the summer hangs in trees

    MasticadoresUSA Update

    A gorgeous poem by M. Taggart 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 Marie Milton

    turn around – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry #poetry collection

     Anna Ismagilova; Shutterstock

    I am an external representation
    I ask questions about the internality of things
    the sweetness of berries on my tongue 
    the anarchy of flesh during torrid nights
    blindfolded by you
    I cry
    the rustle of fresh ivy
    the unspoken
    unbound in my blood
    mi amor
    turn around


    My book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings featured in San Francisco Book Review and Manhattan Book Review.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    in love with you – poem by Gabriela Marie Milton #poetry #poetry collection

    Kiselev Andrey Valerevich; Shutterstock

    The sky rains on my spring the sweet scents of your autumn.

    A luxurious paralysis flows through my veins.

    My lips nestle in the plenitude of your dreams with their multiple interpretations.

    I am so in love with you that I will accept hell provided you are part of it.  


    My book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings featured in San Francisco Book Review and Manhattan Book Review.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton

    Vita Brevis Anthology, Brought to Sight & Swept Away, is out. My poem On Sacrifice and Meaning is included

    I am thrilled my poem On Sacrifice and Meaning was included in Vita Brevis Anthology: Sight & Swept Away. Congratulations to the editor – Brain Geiger – and to my fellow poets who are published in this anthology.

    On Sacrifice and Meaning by Gabriela Marie Milton

    Because I love you, I learned the meaning of sacrifice.

    It is autumn; an autumn that came too soon and whose suicidal breath brought dust and diseases.  
    The lamb will be born in the spring.

    I try to advance but the liquid silver pulls me back.
    I cut its hands with a knife.
    Every cut fulfills the dreams of the knife; my dreams are still in the waiting room.

    I rub my cheeks with rosemary and wrap my body in the alphabet of love.  
    On my lips the unspoken words shine. 
    How beautiful they make me look.

    I restore the degradation of our myth to its rightful fecundity.
    The sacrifice becomes a festival, and the festival turns into creation.  

    I do not feed on things. I feed on ….

    Announcement from the editor:

    Day #2 Update

    If you missed yesterday’s anthology announcement, you can find it here. Today, your poetry ranked as the #2 bestseller in the new release poetry anthology category!

    I can’t thank the Vita Brevis community enough. This type of performance is what keeps Vita Brevis reading-fee free. Thanks for making poetry publication accessible to everyone, and for keeping this little publication running.

    And congratulations on almost becoming bestselling poets — let’s get up to #1!

    My book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings featured in San Francisco Book Review and Manhattan Book Review.

    @Gabriela Marie Milton