The Underground is Coming Up!

Here it is halfway through October and I’m still wondering where summer went. This year seems to have gone swiftly. But one thing Gyroscope Review is doing slowly is adding more options for our readers. Months ago, we were proud to roll out a print edition for those of you that prefer the hands on experience. It involves extra time to create, but we think the end result is worth it.

This month we are also proud of our newest accomplishment. We now have a Kindle edition available for those of you that prefer an electronic version. I know I’m getting overwhelmed by books at my house, and have turned to electronic novels as a way of combating that. Sometimes the Kindle edition formatting leaves much to be desired, but it seems to have worked nicely for Gyroscope Review. Poems may take up two pages where in the print edition it’s only one, but that’s minor in the grand scheme of things. The print edition is in a large format at 8.5 in by 11 in. As always, the PDF version is available for computer, tablet and phone.

We are planning further changes in the upcoming months, including an overhaul of the website to bring you the freshest look and features. Gyroscope Review has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and we are excited about that. We are open to readers’ suggestions. Hit us up on Facebook or Twitter and let us know your thoughts. A future poll is possible. Technology is a wonderful tool.

Meanwhile, we’d like our submitting poets to focus on the upcoming Winter issue. If you’ve got any poems about the ‘underground’, (a loose interpretation) send them our way. Also in our Winter issue we will be trying something different. See if you can spot the change. Hope to read your work soon.

Poetry is not Dead!

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Welcome to Gyroscope Review Issue 17-4

We did it again! Another issue completed and it’s beautiful.

Our cover shot this time is of St. Paul, Minnesota, bathed in hazy golden light late on a September afternoon. Editor Kathleen Cassen Mickelson lives in the Twin Cities and is delighted that co-editor Constance Brewer, who lives in Wyoming, liked the idea of using this image.

More important is what’s inside: 35 poets from a host of places who share images in words, craft reactions to the world as it is right now, remember other places and people, and ponder how life has turned out. These are strong voices and our pages are nearly bursting with their force.

Intrigued? Then find your favorite version of this issue below and read on. Share us with your family, your friends, your neighbors and co-workers.

We are here for you.

To purchase a print edition of Gyroscope Review Issue 17-4 on CreateSpace, click HERE.

To read a PDF version on any digital device, or to find our back issues, click HERE.

Gyroscope Review print editions are also available on Amazon.

 

 

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Heading into production

Today marks the end of the reading period for our fall issue, which means the next two weeks will consume us with producing the next edition of Gyroscope Review. Thank you to everyone who has sent us work to consider.

Now your editors have to kick it into high gear. As of the moment this post was written, we received 418 submissions. We don’t have our final numbers on acceptances just yet, but 21 pieces have been accepted so far. We have already said no to 300 pieces and 20 pieces have been withdrawn for various reasons including publication elsewhere. All remaining poems will be accepted or rejected this weekend. Every single piece we accept is Google-checked to make sure it is not already available for people to read or there is uncredited material from someone else’s work.

Then what happens? Then we do the time-consuming detailed work of downloading all the accepted files, formatting them to fit Gyroscope Review‘s standard look, putting them into an order that we think makes sense. We format the contributor’s bios. We make a big document of poems, bios, and table of contents, send it off to contributor’s as the authors’ proof copy. We create the cover layout. We write editorials. We hope that contributors take note of the deadline for any final corrections.

Several days before a new issue goes live, we upload the final version into CreateSpace. We go through a review process there to make sure the format will work in print. We also upload a PDF version of the new issue to this site under the tab, “Issues”. We send links for the new issue to contributors when everything is ready to go. We plaster our social media with links to the digital version, which has been free from the beginning, and the print version for which we currently charge $8.

We have a quarterly publishing schedule, which means we get to do this four time per year: January, April, July, and October. We have been releasing new issues on the first day of the month kicking off each quarter. However, we are making a slight modification with our upcoming winter issue. Instead of publishing the Winter 2018 issue on January 1, we are moving it to January 15. We would like to give ourselves a break over the holidays and we want authors to be able to look at authors’ proofs after the New Year instead of in the midst of holiday revelry.

Running a poetry journal is often rewarding. But it is also hard work, detailed work, and requires dedication. What we are clear about is that this is important work. Poets who put in the sweat to get their words just right deserve editors whose diligence honors that effort.

We sincerely hope we’ve risen to the occasion.

Stay tuned for our fall issue, scheduled for release on October 1. Happy autumn.

 

featured image courtesy of pixabay.com

 

 

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End of Summer is Not the End of Inspiration

Ah, those summer days and nights that most of us love are drawing to a close. Many of us are gearing up for a new school year either for our kids or ourselves. And those of us who are poets may be getting ready for one of the best writing times of the year as days here in the Northern Hemisphere give way to chilly air and we hunker down indoors.

We may put our gardens to bed, stash the lawn furniture and air out the tent, but our creativity has a whole new opportunity for waking. The removal of all those summer distractions allows an unfettered return to the page, both the ones we write and the ones we read.

With that in mind, Gyroscope Review has begun a new Sunday series of writing prompts called Cultivate: Writing Prompts for Poets. We all need a little nudge sometimes, and that’s exactly what these prompts are – little nudges. We will post one word, two words, occasionally a phrase across our social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) with the hashtags #GRcultivatepoetry and #promptsforpoets. And then it’s up to the poets out there to take those prompts and see what happens.

Work those ideas, brainstorm, go beyond the first thought. Dig deeply, arrange those words, rearrange them, let them simmer.

And then? Submit the ones you don’t post online. Send them to us, send them to other poetry publications, read them at slams, spread poetry to the people through the channels that don’t require a login to Facebook or Instagram. Go outside of all those social media feeds to reach people who are feeling fatigue, who are looking for art and verse that satisfies them beyond the next 30 seconds.

Now, more than ever, we need poets who get their work out there for readers, who add meat to the conversation.

We are just giving you something to whet your appetites.

 📱If you want to see the full list of our prompts on Twitter (@gyroscopereview), simply search for the hashtag #GRcultivatepoetry. You’ll also find our list of 10 things to do with our prompts.

 

photos courtesy of Pixabay.com

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