Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings

With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela Marie Milton evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.

Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller Drowning Ruth

This is a mesmerizing collection of poetry. Gabriela Marie Milton’s lines teem with life, passion, and introspective courage.

Brian Geiger, editor of Vita Brevis

Truthfully, I never expected to be reviewing a book of poetry

About the Poet

Gabriela Marie Milton (pen name) is an author of three novels. She was awarded 2019 Author of the Year at Spillwords Press. She publishes under the pen name Gabriela M. in Spillwords Press, Vita Brevis, Indian Periodical, Gioielli Rubati Poetry (translated in Italian by Flavio Almerighi), Tuck Magazine, KashmirPen, “Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen,” Literary Yard, Proletaria, Free Verse Revolution, and other venues. She was selected “Author of the Month” at Spillwords (April 2019).

Her poem “The Breath of Love and Death” was voted “Publication of the Month” at Spillwords (November 2019). Gabriela’s work was included in the following anthologies: America’s Emerging Poets Southeast Region (Z Publishing House, 2018); Florida’s Best Emerging Poets (Z Publishing House, 2019); and Pain & Renewal (Vita Brevis Press, 2020).

My thoughts …

I can’t really explain it. I guess I am finally getting in touch with my inner poet? And, it probably shouldn’t come as a total shock to me, because I am somewhat of a romantic fool, I guess. In fact, that part of who I am has gotten me into trouble a few times. But poetry?

I mean, I did like some of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems like Annabel Lee, Eldorado, and The Raven. I also liked The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and thanks to a recent discussion about poetry with my Dad, I just now discovered I really like The Ballad of East and West by Rudyard Kipling.

But I never thought I would be reviewing a book of poetry, much less buying one for my own enjoyment. How would this come to pass, you may ask … or, you may not … but I will tell you anyway.

Whenever a new blogger likes one of my posts, I go visit their blog to see who they are and whether I am interested in their writing or want to follow their blog. A short while back, I had a blogger who went by short-prose-fiction like one of my posts. I went to the blogger’s site and discovered Gabriela Marie Milton and a fragment from one of her poems called Trap Me. The verse brought back beautiful memories of a trip to Rome and Florence and seeing in person so many of the works of great artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michael Angelo.

I found myself returning to Gabriela’s blog quite regularly to read other snippets of poetry and really enjoyed them. The next thing you know, I’d ordered her book!

But a book of love poems (and of course, other writings)?

Here’s a phrase from a poem I really liked.

… with this ring
made from the muscle of my lively heart
I promise I will love you till the end
when you travel the whole earth
in search of that which is the scent of me

Gabriela Marie Milton, with this ring I promise you

Wow. Can’t help it. That is beautiful! Why? Because, the romantic idiot that I sometimes am, I felt that way once in my life, the smell of her hair, the touch of her skin. I don’t know if I will ever feel that way again. I kind of hope not. I am not sure my heart could stand it. But that was indeed a beautiful time in my life.

One more phrase I really liked …

I had to go through your soul
to get to mine
once in mine
I wish
I would have stayed in yours …

Gabriela Marie Milton, Souls

Have you ever felt that being with another person filled some missing part of you? I have. And I really liked that feeling. It kind of made me feel whole and gave a purpose to my existence. You really miss it when it’s gone.

Of course, the practical side of me says you don’t really need anyone, that you have to be secure in yourself before you can be secure with somebody else. And I get that. But it is so lovely to have a driving reason to succeed.

I’m not sure that I would go as far as to say I am now a poetry fanatic, but I have really learned something here, and as time permits, I feel like I may check out more of this stuff called poetry. Might as well start with more Kipling. I have read and enjoyed The Jungle Book, The Man Who Would Be King, Gunga Din, and Just So Stories …, might as well explore more of his poetry.

And I will definitely be on the lookout for more by Gabriela Marie Milton.

And, while I am certainly not an expert on poetry, I would give Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings 5 out of 5 stars, if for no other reason than the effect it had on me. And, as far as my limited knowledge of poetry goes, I think it is an excellent book of poems and other writings.

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25 thoughts on “Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings”

  1. Dear Darren,
    I am humbled by every word your wrote and grateful beyond words. You made my afternoon glow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will share the review with my publisher, on my social media, and on my blog next week.
    Have a fabulous evening and thank you again.

    1. Dear Gabriela,

      I am just being honest, and it is really I who am grateful. It is funny how a quick visit to a blog can open a new window of appreciation in one’s life. I wish you continued success in creating and sharing your poetry.


      1. Dear Darren,
        Thank you for your wonderful words and, again, thank you for the beautiful review. Both mean the world to me.
        I will be in touch soon
        Best wishes

  2. lol I liked your comment, “I don’t know if I will ever feel that way again. I kind of hope not.” I totally understand! Anyways, I agree. From what you showed us, she is definitely a gifted author. I’ll have to check some more of her stuff out. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Darren, this is one of the best reviews I have ever read. Eloquent, powerful, and inviting. I have followed Gabriela for quite awhile, and like you, it took only a few short passages for me to recognize I was reading the works of a truly exceptional and gifted artist. What the book will not tell you, is that she is also one of the most supportive and inspiring authors you could ever hope to make the acquaintance of. On many occasions, she has supported my own efforts and inspired me to stretch and hone my craft. She is a dedicated to giving back as much as she is to penning beautiful works of literary art. She is often what I aspire to and how do you thank someone for that? Weill written and well received!

  4. Knowing Gabriela a little as I do I can see why she brought us here to read your words of her, her writing, one and the same thing – romantic fools she’s found in all – and shown that we’re not fools at all. A remarkable review. Eric.

  5. This is such a wonderful review of beautiful Gabriela’s words! It’s so true….she awakens the romantic in me on every level! The lines You chose to share are mindblowing! Sigh. Love, love LOVE! Thank You for this and Cheers! 🙂

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