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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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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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Issue 17-3: Summer 2017 is Here

We are pleased as can be to offer our latest issue of Gyroscope Review for your reading pleasure. This issue offers several thoughtful reactions to the state of world affairs as well as pieces that provide respite. Poets tackled difficult topics, teased apart what is sold as fact, and gave us poetry that shows just how engaged, enraged, and enlightened literary artists can be.

The poets included in this issue are:

Linda Baldanzi
Ace Boggess
Michelle Brooks
Yu-Han Chao
Barry Charman
Dan Darrah
Holly Day
Michael Wayne Friedman
Marissa Glover
James Graham
Lois Marie Harrod
Sue Howell
Jeff Jeppesen
Oonah Joslin
Mike Jurkovic
Stepy Kamei
Charles Kell
Steve Klepetar
Sandra Kohler
Susan L. Leary
Jenny McBride
Ashley Memory
Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin
Ken Poyner
A.R. Robins
Claire Scott
Mary Sesso
Marian Kaplun Shapiro
T.J. Smith
Sarah Dickenson Snyder
John Vanek
Sally Zakariya

To read this issue online, click on the cover below below. This PDF version may also be downloaded into your iBooks app if you have one.

GYROSCOPE REVIEW ISSUE 17-3 SUMMER 2017

We hope you will consider buying a print version of our summer issue. Just think: you don’t have to charge it or plug it in, just open the pages. Linger. Enjoy. Think. Perhaps respond in some way.

A print copy can be purchased through CreateSpace at https://www.createspace.com/7293869 or CLICK HERE.

You can also find us on Amazon.com and Amazon.uk. Just search for “Gyroscope Review fine poetry” and any issues, past and present, that are available as print copies, should pop up. In fact, you can CLICK HERE for our search results. (For digital back issues unavailable in print, please CLICK HERE.)

If you care to engage with others who read Gyroscope Review, visit our Facebook page and start a conversation. Find us on Twitter. We’re on Instagram, too. Poetry can be the spark. Let it burn brightly.

 

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New Issue! Poetry Month Kickoff!

OUR SPRING 2017 ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS HERE

The Anniversary Issue

We are pleased to announce the publication of our second anniversary issue. You may purchase a print copy for $8.00 plus shipping from CreateSpace hereThe spring issue will also be available on Amazon (including Amazon UK) shortly. If you have Amazon Prime, you won’t have to pay shipping!

If you would like to read this in digital form, then this PDF is for you: Gyroscope Review Spring 2017 Issue 17-2.

For past issues of Gyroscope Review, please visit our Issues page.

 

SPECIAL OFFER TO KICK OFF NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Editor Constance Brewer has a few words to share about a new book by poet Stuart Larner, which is being offered for FREE as a Kindle edition from Amazon UK  April 1-5 only (link here). Read on:

Stuart Larner has written an intriguing book of sonnets based around cars in all their glories and imperfections. These sonnets are each accented by illustrations—some pictures, some diagrams. I particularly liked the poem Across The Gap, which was an amusing way to convey how cars start, complete with labeled diagram. Emission Control was another poem that offered one idea on the surface, but moved a deeper turn at the end. There is no part of a car left untouched by Stuart’s poetic wrench. I enjoyed seeing where each poem was going to go next. Fans of Shakespearean sonnets, mechanics, and those with a quest for some knowledge imparted along with their reading should enjoy this book.

The Car by Stuart Larner
About Stuart: Stuart Larner is a chartered psychologist. He has published international articles and poems in magazines and newspapers, as well as in scientific journals. His books include Jack Daw and the Cat and Guile and Spin. With Rosie Larner he co-wrote Hope: Stories from a Women’s Refuge. The Car is Stuart’s most recent book. Find out more at http://stuartlarner.blogspot.com/.

 

 

 

BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE – WE HAVE A BOOK LINKS PARTY TO GET ROLLING!

Last year for National Poetry Month, we had a book links party on our site in which we showcased book covers for poetry books published within the last year and links to purchase said books. We are planning to do this again for National Poetry Month 2017. If you have had a book published between May 2016 and now, please send us a 300-dpi (minimum) jpg of the cover with a link to the publisher’s listing for the book, and we will post it. At this time, we are limiting our book links party to books that are not self-published. You may email us your book’s information at gyroscopereview@gmail.com.

We will not be reviewing these books; these links are a service to our community to help spread the word about poetry.

Let’s celebrate poets!

 

 

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