Yesterday, June 17 2022, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women became a #1 Amazon bestseller! As your editor and curator and am deeply honored and excited. So are your publisher, Ingrid Wilson, and I suspect all authors who know about.
Does it say #1 and #2 in New Releases in Poetry Anthologies? That is because both editions of Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women the kindle edition, and the paperback were #1. However, you cannot have #1 twice in Hot New Releases, so we ended up #1 and #2. Taken separately you could see both editions were running #1.
I cannot tell you how much that means to me. It humbles me and it fills my heart with joy.
Yesterday evening we were #1 in Women’s Poetry category too.
Let’s keep this book a #1 bestseller for a while. Women’s lives are important. Let’s show everyone we believe that. Let’s walk the walk.
Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women scheduled to be released on June 18, 2022
I am delighted to announce that Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women is scheduled to be released on June 18, 2022.
It has been an honor and a pleasure to edit and curate this anthology. Every day I hear women speaking about the adversities they face. Every day I see most of them triumphing. To read the unbelievable poetry of women and men who understand how many obstacles need to be overcome in a society that is still patriarchal brought me to tears. Thank you for submitting your incredible poetry to this anthology. Thank you for opening your hearts.
Below is the description of the anthology as it will appear on Amazon.
Award-winning authors, Pushcart nominees, emerging poets, voices of women and men, come to the fore in this stunning, powerful, and unique anthology. Their poems testify to the challenges that women face in our society, and to their power to overcome them. A memorable collection of over 200 poems by more than 100 authors, this anthology is a must-have for anyone. We all can benefit from the poetry of survival, and of healing. We all can benefit from the experiences so beautifully evoked in this book. We can all come together to emerge triumphant from pain.
This anthology has been a team effort. Many thanks to Ingrid Wilson at Experiments in Fictionfor agreeing to publish this book. Ingrid, you work relentlessly and you are a wonderful poet. Many thanks to Nick Reeves for his wonderful art and for his proofreading expertise. My deepest gratitude to everyone who spread the word about this anthology. Thank you to those of you who joined our Twitter Space.
On June 18, the day of the release, we will have a launch party via Zoom. Contributors are invited to read their poems. An email with more info will go out soon.
The event will be live-streamed via social media, so anyone will have a chance to hear poems from the anthology read by the poets themselves. For further updates check my blog, Ingrid’s, and the following social media accounts:
Twitter: @shortprose1 (Gabriela Marie Milton) @Experimentsinfc (Ingrid Wilson)
I am thrilled to let you know that the poetry collection Cuvinte de Foc (Words of Fire) will be published soon.
The book is coauthored by me and Virginia Mateias. Virginia selected 30 poems from my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings and translated them into Romanian. She added 30 poems of hers and reached out to the talented poet, and editor Ymeri Baki, who translated our poems from Romanian into Albanian and wrote the foreword. Cuvinte de Foc became a bilingual Romanian-Albanian poetry book to be publish soon by Amanda Edit Publisher.
I am aware that most of my followers will not be able to read the book. However, what is most important here is that the initiative of this work belongs fully to Virginia. The work that entered in the preparation of the manuscript belongs to Virginia too. I have no words to thank her enough for the hours she spent translating my work, for her dedication, and now for her wonderful friendship.
Almost two years and a half ago I was deeply honored when the Italian poet Flavio Almerighi translated several of my English poems into Italian. I included his translations together with the English originals in my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings.
Now, I am honored that part of the poems from Passions will be printed in Romanian and Albanian.
Virginia, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. A man who I came to love deeply wrote in his most important book referring to me: “Without you, there would have been no book.” Now it is my turn to write: “Virginia, without you, there would have been no book.” You brought me to tears.
I truly hope that by the end of this year an English-Spanish edition of this book will be out.
pearls braid themselves onto my dress yesterday’s departure sign I shed sweet tears on the tip of the old oak oh, cross, you burn the skin he so much loved rosy moons turn water into wine she came again tonight the nightingale who sings of Sappho’s suicide
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton featured in San Francisco Book Review
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton is a touching poetry collection centering on love, philosophy, and heartbreak. Packed with rich imagery and figurative language, Milton’s poems color the pages with beauty, inspiration, and sincerity…
(excerpt from my poem You Night to be published in January in an new anthology).
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose by Gabriela Marie Milton featured in Portland Book Review
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.
Samos, perhaps Crete – a poem from my book Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings
Samos, perhaps Crete
on the barren shore you play your mandolin I conjugate “to leave” in the voice of trees the air reverberates expressions of old gods the space changes its mind maybe it is Samos, perhaps it is just Crete traces of death, glimpses of the future your thoughts are cut in marble scratches turn to yellow delineations, conquerors of islands the shore melts in the waters your eyes tell prophesies the time changes its mind perhaps it was just Samos, maybe it was Crete the dying mandolin, the smell of ripened olives an unmade wooden bed solemnity, delirium the names of I, You We
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings was published by Vita Brevis Press in 2020. It is available on Amazonhere.
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At the end of the month I will announce the new project I am working on – a project that will hopefully feature numerous poets from our literary community. Please stay tuned for more news.
40 POEMS AT 40 by Ingrid Wilson – reviewed by Gabriela Marie Milton
40 POEMS AT 40 by Ingrid Wilson is the manifesto of an extremely intelligent, and talented, woman unafraid to explore her past and her inner and outer worlds. Ingrid’s poetry soars to the sky when the seasons change. It dwells in the most secret corners of the soul when dark moments knock on the door.
Ingrid has written 40 beautiful poems. 40 beautiful poems in which one comes face to face with yearnings to change the world, biographical notes, questions about the birth of the universe, pain, and love. Ingrid’s poems weave splendidly the ontological and the epistemological plans to create art. What, and how, come together in an unbelievable journey into the life of a woman in which children go to school and birthdays need to be celebrated.
Oh, and how the landscape plays a role in her beautiful poetry. Italy, England, Spain are not only used for decorative purposes. In Ingrid’s poetry they become intricate parts of the author’s soul.
The space and the time are perceived through intimate prisms. There is North and South, and there is the sea, with its majesty. There is a certain November sky with its colors. There are dancing ice queens and solstices of the heart. There are striking lines like: “I am the song unsung/the life unlived.”
One can almost hear the opening villanelle with her up and down tonalities. It sounds like the song of a nightingale.
The book will be released next month when Ingrid turns 40. Here are a thousand cheers for this stunning volume of poetry and for its author – a woman who knows how to ask questions about the real meaning of life. A woman who does not mince words and does not submit to stereotypes.
Read 40 POEMS AT 40. It’s a fabulous book. You will not be disappointed.
Publication date: February 11, 2022. The book will be available for pre-order before the publication date. You can find Ingrid’s work here.
Finalists of the Poetry Contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose
My Dear Readers,
Congratulations to the 13 finalists of the poetry contest Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose!
I am thrilled to present you with their names, the titles of their poems, and the title of the poems from Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: | Love Poems and Poetic Prose that inspired them. The finalists are listed in no particular order.
Ingrid Wilson, Event Horizon, inspired by the poem You in Another Life.
Eric Daniel Clarke, Somewhere Stations, inspired by The Train to Vienna.
Cindy Georgakas, Chance Meeting, inspired by Self-Indulgence.
Virginia Mateias, Crystals from the absurd, inspired by Moonlight love.
D. Wallace Peach, Eclipsed, inspired by The moon and I.
Joni Caggiano, You Were The Best of Us, inspired by The child to be.
Jeff Flesch, and… love… is seen, inspired by And.. love…
Karima Hoisan, The Stars of Wadi Rum, inspired by Sahara.
Carrie Yang, Yellow, inspired by Yellow.
Vipul Vij, Hues of Emotions, inspired by September Tango.
Timothy Price, One Side Sacred The Other Side Profane, inspired by Between Sacred and Profane.
JayaAvendel, I met you before, inspired by The Orphic Egg.
Eunice Aformanor, Let your heart …, inspired by Daughter of this Earth.
Thank you to everyone who enter the contest. It was no easy task for the reviewers to come up with 13 finalists. Yet, they did. The next stage in the process is for the reviewers to select the winners. I will feature all poems on my blog after the winners are announced and their work is featured.
As a reminder here is how the selection of the winners is done:
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 the following steps were taken:
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.
First Place: $300
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $75
Funding for the prizes comes from my royalties.
The winners will be announced soon!
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