April is not a cruel month around here. We are so excited to offer you our fourth anniversary issue, available on Amazon as either a print edition or a Kindle edition.
You can purchase either edition here: AMAZON PRINT OR KINDLE EDITIONS
And, as always, our PDF version is available here: PDF EDITION
Four years! We can’t quite believe how fast that time has gone by and how much Gyroscope Review has changed over those four years. We began as a digital-only journal, then offered our first print-on-demand issue for Winter 2017. Josh Colwell joined us in 2018 and took over the social media management. We’ve created covers that have included original photos and drawings, and have created special themed issues that drew in new voices. And this fourth anniversary issue includes the results of The Quatrain Project, a giant collaborative poem project we launched on Groundhog Day this year.
While a fourth anniversary issue is a fine way to kick off National Poetry Month, we have more for you. Much more. We are pleased to offer our Poets Read series, beginning today, and will run it throughout the month of April. Every day, our website and our YouTube channel will feature the voice of a poet whose work has appeared in our pages over the past year. On Sundays, we will offer two poets for your enjoyment.
Let us begin with the voice of Carolyn Martin as she reads her poem Evidence from the Fall 2018 issue of Gyroscope Review.
by Carolyn Martin
The fact is I could eat the same meal everyday.
The fact is I do.
The fact is I despise playing games.
The fact is I love playing games I can win.
The fact is Druids knocked on wood to startle trees awake.
The fact is I don’t like trees observing me.
The fact is behind my façade there’s a scared kid who hopes no one calls her out.
The fact is I hate parties unless I’m in charge.
The fact is the hardest character to impersonate is me.
The fact is I prefer the stark mystery of koans to biblical poetry.
The fact is we will be remembered not for what we build, but for what we destroy.
The fact is people don’t improve much; however, there are exceptions.
The fact is I walk pigeon-toed – although pigeons do it better.
The fact is elbows can’t be licked.
The fact is vertical swirls of wine on the glass’s side are legs.
The fact is arteries pulse different tones in the body’s bloody symphony.
The fact is I’d rather play with aquatic humanoids than those carbon-based.
The fact is yetis are more probable than fairies.
The fact is I could be too good to be true, but I am not.
The fact is bunk is bunk and there’s lots to go around.
The fact is death is impermanent. Ask any perennial.
The fact is 300-pound gorillas in any room are over-rated primates.
The fact is I don’t own pets because I fall in love too hard, too fast.
The fact is beauty’s felt before it’s seen.
The fact is when I can’t climb a mountain, it bends its top toward me.
The fact is when little is at stake, risk is a breeze.
The fact is on this day something happened somewhere.
The fact is happenstance delights more than plans.
The fact is I’ve filed 97 “Words of the Day” and haven’t sentenced one.
The fact is fact found print in the 15th century, arriving with brainless,
foolishness, hodgepodge, and mockery.
About the Poet: From associate professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin has journeyed from New Jersey through California to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and dry summers. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK, and her fourth collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, was just released by Unsolicited Press. Find out more about Carolyn and her publications at www.carolynmartinpoet.com.
Welcome to our Quatrain Project in honor of the fourth anniversary issue of Gyroscope Review, which will be released in April 2019.
The Quatrain Project is a collaborative effort in which we invite you to take part. How do you do that? Simply add a line to the ongoing poem by typing it into a comment below and make sure that your full name is shown in the comment so we know who you are.
One comment per person, please. We want to give as many people as possible a chance to participate during the month of February. On February 28, we will close the comments and see what we have. All the lines will be divided into quatrains, in the order in which they appear, because a fourth anniversary issue deserves a poem that honors things in fours, right? Editors will round out the end of the poem to complete a final quatrain if necessary.
Then what will happen with this giant collaborative poem? We will publish the final result in our fourth anniversary issue! (That’s why we need your name.)
To get things rolling, the editors of Gyroscope Review have collaborated on the first quatrain, shown below:
Your obituary in the NY Times twice mentioned rhododendrons
as if to tell the world that you too planted roots in the Appalachian rust
and found ways to bloom over and over again, made your own luck
hard as the gritty dirt encrusting ten year old boots and new laces
(now you, readers and poets, take it forward!)
UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 28: COMMENTS HAVE NOW BEEN CLOSED. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR GIANT COLLABORATIVE POETRY EVENT! WATCH FOR THE RELEASE OF OUR APRIL 2019 ISSUE ON APRIL 1.
We are pleased to offer you the latest issue of Gyroscope Review, a collection of poetry to get you through the rest of the winter. Thirty-eight poets share their sharp, elegant snapshots of wintery landscapes, cozy spaces, important relationships, and those ordinary moments that unexpectedly shift our vision.
We offer both print and Kindle editions available through Amazon HERE.
We also, as always, offer our PDF version right here on our website, available HERE.
Come on back on Groundhog Day for an announcement! We are cooking up plans for both National Poetry Month and our Fourth Anniversary Issue.
In the meantime, submissions for our Spring 2019 (Fourth Anniversary Issue) are now open. Please read our guidelines for more information. Submissions may be sent to us through Submittable until March 15 OR until our spring issue is full.
As we move toward the longest night of the year, what better time to settle in with some poetry to go with your hot chocolate? Your glass of wine by the fire? Your mug of coffee, warmth spreading from your first swallow?
We have just the thing. And maybe you’ll want to share a copy with someone on your gift list. The year-end anthology is in the works, friends. We have compiled all four issues for the year into one giant edition. Groundhogs, Crones, & Other Poems will be available through Amazon starting this weekend for $20. That’s a big discount over buying our individual issues for the year and we hope that you find it just too enticing to pass up. Because this issue is so large, we are not offering a PDF version. It will be available in print only, ready for its place on your bookshelf or, better yet, in your hands open to your favorite poem. At the time of this writing, we don’t have the link yet, but a search for Gyroscope Review Groundhogs, Crones, & Other Poems on Amazon will bring you to the right place. In fact, here’s a link to our available selections as of right this minute:
Happy holidays, everyone. Thank you for reading.
UPDATE! UPDATE! We now have the link to purchase the special year-end anthology, Groundhogs, Crones, & Other Poems below: