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Poetry Book Review: Gabriela Marie Milton

on November 20, 2022

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Woman: Splendor and Sorrow by Gabriela Marie Milton (2021). Available on Amazon.com.

I met Gabriela a year ago, when she was editor for MasticadoresUSA. Impressed by the quality of the poems and prose I read there, I began to submit poems – both old and new – for her consideration. Well, she published them! And I have been following her ever since. It was her kindness and encouragement which prompted me to start writing poetry again after a long hiatus. She inspires me to reach farther and try harder than ever before.

A Pushcart nominee. A #1 Best-Selling Author on Amazon. The 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press. Gabriela has published two books of high caliber poetry, co-authored anthologies, and edited the recent Amazon Best-Seller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, which she published with Ingrid Wilson of Experiments in Fiction. She resides in a higher realm of imagination, pulling ideas and images out of the clouds that Wow! the reader and transport him/her to another world. She employs language that is lush, exotic, sensual, and stimulating to all five senses. She is her poetry. Her poetry is her. She pushes the boundaries of creativity and encourages others to do the same. She is poet, teacher, mother, friend, divine goddess of the poetic art form. Many of her themes revolve around the strength, resilience, and beauty of women. She adores children, the magic of childhood, and the blessings of motherhood. And then, there’s Love! — and the perpetual tango between two lovers.

Woman: Splendor and Sorrow is a testament to the hypnotic power of love and its ability to elevate us to the heights of ecstasy or fling us into the burning depths of Hell. Every word is exquisitely crafted:

“each word I write cries on the tunes of spring,

a spring that ends in graveyards and in dreams

the night I abandoned you on that bench and left

snows in my mind the syllable of hell

I wanted to return

I wanted to love you . . .”

Poetry and love are the divine twins that rule Gabriela’s heart:


Oh, poetry was too good to be read.

We tasted it and ate it with silver spoons.”

Gabriela runs her own publishing house now, Literary Revelations Publishing, which seeks to publish high-quality poetry and fiction that grab the reader unawares and trample down the boundaries of creativity.

Websites: Short Prose

Literary Revelations Publishing


Dawn Pisturino

November 20, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


28 responses to “Poetry Book Review: Gabriela Marie Milton

  1. Dearest Dawn, I am beyond grateful for your kindness and for every word you wrote. I am humbled by your friendship and goodness. You brought tears to my eyes.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my book and for such a beautiful review. Your words live now in my heart.
    Wishing you a beautiful Sunday and a great week. Thank you again Dawn πŸ™πŸŒΈπŸŒΊπŸŒΊβ€οΈ

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  2. orededrum says:

    Wonderful ! Have a nice Sunday ! Diana

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  3. I have all her books! I’ll reblog this review on MasticadoresUSA.

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  4. A lovely review. I also enjoyed this book. Gabriela is a wonderful poet. πŸ™‚

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  5. A wonderful review. Thank you.

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  6. Your words capture the essence of Gabriela, a poet of the highest order who gives so freely of herself to others and their words.

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  7. Michele Lee says:

    Fantastic review, Dawn! I am thoroughly impressed with your reviews this week, for your talent, and for your commitment to reading and supporting independent artists. Thank you!

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  8. Such a wonderful review Dawn and I’m sure Gabriela is over the moon and so grateful! Her gifts are enormous and I too am grateful for her support. Lovely seeing Barbara reblog you as well. So well deserved.!!!

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  9. Dearest Dawn, this is my second attempt to thank you. I wrote a longer thank you reply in the morning. It may be in your spam folder.

    Your words brought me to tears. I am deeply grateful to you Dawn. Your support means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  10. What a touching and wonderful review of Gabriela’s writing and style. She does write beautifully and relevantly by the way. Her poetry speaks to the heart.

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