nudes, born inside a gallery of souls
the night hangs on an iron wall
I am the limits of my pain
the loneliness of those who do not fit
inside the desert’s palms
I see the orange eye of god
I cannot comprehend the vivid dream
I fight some ghosts who look for my own blood
the light now rises from a lonely tomb
like in a concentration camp
About the Poet
Gabriela M – Author of the Year (2020) at Spillwords Press NYC – is a US university professor and author of three novels. Her poetry was published 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). Her poetry book, Passion: Love Poems and Other Writings, will be published by Vita Brevis Press under the pen name Gabriela Marie Milton in Spring 2020. She blogs at shortprose.
Christina Schwarz, the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Drowning Ruth,” on Gabriela’s poetry: “With lush language and lavish imagery, Gabriela M. evokes a fantastic world ripe with emotion.”
For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.