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[Following is a volunteer review of "Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings" by Gabriela Marie Milton.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings by Gabriela Marie Milton is a book of 126 poems; 84 love poems, 6 Italian, and 36 others. In the foreword, the author was praised for her ability to pour out passion, from within her creative mind, into her poetry, and this raised my expectations for deep and insightful poems significantly. The author makes good use of the acknowledgments section, by communicating with the reader, which I liked. There is also a responsive table of contents at the start of the book that allows the reader to resume reading with ease.

As the title indicates, love is an overriding theme in this collection of poems, and the book is opened with one of such. The first poem is my favorite in the book; it took a few re-reads to grasp, but when I did, I instantly thought to myself “Genius!”.

After my first read, I had no clue what I had just read, “what is the link between the title and the poem?”, I thought, racking my head and moving on to the next poem, hoping for less murky waters to swim in -at the start of the book, it is humorous, I know. However, when I came back to read it again, and started seeing links, I felt butterflies, I marveled at the beauty of the words chosen and how a particular figure of speech was used here or there, and when the stars aligned in my mind, I saw clearly that the author was referring to the night of a honeymoon (it could mean a host of other things to other readers, simply because poetry is art). From this point onward, it was difficult to put the book down.

Geographical locations are referred to in metaphors and other figures of speech. Landmarks in Spain are mentioned several times in the book, and Spanish history is also referenced. A few other landmarks are also referenced; hence prior knowledge of Geography would make the poems all the more enjoyable.

The Italian translations section also has the English text placed by the side. The poems in Italian were very similar to the poems in the previous chapters, that were centered on love, however, one of the best poems in the book, in my opinion, was in that section, “Languor of love/Languore”. The final section in the book, “Prose poems and flash fiction”, had more understandable content, and two of my favorites from it were “Art” and “Thoughts”. They were written simply and beautifully.

I liked the wordplay very much, the figurative expressions were so well fused, that a wandering mind would be unable to grasp. This book is an advanced work of poetry, with complex rhyming schemes that change per chapter. It must be read with maximum concentration. This is a book of poems so I would recommend this book to those who like poetry, especially the romantic genre, and have at least beginner-level experience in poetry (like myself), also those who want to delve into poetry for the first time, can give it an attempt at their own risk.

The book has no profane language and mild sensual content, which could easily grow within one’s mind whilst reading. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars, for being professionally edited, conveying a series of beautiful messages powerfully, and being a one of a kind book in its genre.

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The author got you engaged throughout this read. Quite fascinating for a love concentrated book. Good to know you enjoyed the book, I hope to read this soon. Detailed review. Well done.

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Kachi_Ejiogu+_ wrote:
09 May 2020, 08:24
The author got you engaged throughout this read. Quite fascinating for a love concentrated book. Good to know you enjoyed the book, I hope to read this soon. Detailed review. Well done.
Totally! hopefully you enjoy it as well. Thank you.
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Love poems are not my thing, but being also in Italian at least makes it possible to recommend this book to more people considering your excellent rating. Thank you for your great review!
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NetMassimo wrote:
10 May 2020, 01:37
Love poems are not my thing, but being also in Italian at least makes it possible to recommend this book to more people considering your excellent rating. Thank you for your great review!
You're welcome. Definitely you can recommend it to Italians who like poetry. Thanks for commenting.
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It seems like you truly enjoyed the book, and your detailed review justifies it. But I'm not sure whether I would be able to enjoy the hidden meanings of poems all by myself, so I don't think I would be able to enjoy this book.
Thanks for the great review, though!

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Erandi Ekanayake wrote:
10 May 2020, 07:08
It seems like you truly enjoyed the book, and your detailed review justifies it. But I'm not sure whether I would be able to enjoy the hidden meanings of poems all by myself, so I don't think I would be able to enjoy this book.
Thanks for the great review, though!
Yes i did. You're welcome.
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Poems are not my taste. Though, I enjoyed reading your review.
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I'm currently reading a poetry book, I'm glad I found this review too. Looks like this will be my next read. Nice review!
Your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either :D

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Reubeney wrote:
10 May 2020, 23:33
Poems are not my taste. Though, I enjoyed reading your review.
Thank you.
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JM Reviews wrote:
11 May 2020, 01:54
I'm currently reading a poetry book, I'm glad I found this review too. Looks like this will be my next read. Nice review!
Thank you. Poems can be really beautiful.
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Good to know the author can creatively pour out passion to captivate the reader. Nice work.

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Caffrey_19 wrote:
13 May 2020, 05:06
Good to know the author can creatively pour out passion to captivate the reader. Nice work.
Yeah. The author is a one of a kind poet.
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This sounds like a really lovely collection of poems. Great review!

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unamilagra wrote:
14 May 2020, 17:49
This sounds like a really lovely collection of poems. Great review!
It sure is, thanks for commenting.
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