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About Poetry Resources

Last week on our Instagram account (@gyroscopereview), we ran a series of helpful resource books for poets that people seemed to like quite a lot. We’ve also noticed that writers love blogs that publish interviews with editors – we see them shared around Facebook all the time. Facebook, by the way, offers multiple groups that share and support writers. So, we thought it might be time to run an article that brings a few of these resources together in one place.

We’ll start with the list of poetry resource books we ran on Instagram. Here they are:

Ordinary Genius by Kim Addonizio

the poetry dictionary by John Drury

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland

The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser

A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver

There are many, many other resources, of course; A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch comes to mind, a comprehensive volume of poetic forms and terms. There are resources like The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron that, while not specifically for poets, pushes writers and artists of all sorts to rethink their creative work. Find what works for you, for your lifestyle and learning style.

Next, let’s talk about blogs and websites. There are so many helpful options for poets that we know we cannot cover them all. We’ll give you a few of the well-known ones below and you can find more from there.

The Alchemist’s Kitchen – Poetry, Travel, and the Creative Writing Life   – This blog, run by poet Susan Rich, not only has inspiring posts, but also offers the opportunity to buy services for poets (editing, coaching, how to do a grant proposal, etc.) on a sliding fee scale.

The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog – This blog offers poetry prompts and guest bloggers from the poetry community. The post from February 10 discussed preparing for publication.

Poetic Asides – Writer’s Digest poetry editor Robert Lee Brewer runs this blog with poetry prompts, discussions of various poetic forms, and other tidbits for poets.

Poetry Foundation – This website is one of our favorites. Learn about poets and poems of all sorts. You can listen, too. They are also the folks who will send a poem a day to your email inbox. And the Poetry Foundation blog, Harriet, discusses poetry and related news.

Poets & Writers Blogs – Here you can find calls for submission, grant deadlines, workshop information, and more. By the way, the Poets & Writers website has a tab called, “Find Your Community”. It has directories for writers, literary events, MFA programs and more.

Trish Hopkinson – Trish’s blog consistently delivers a series of places to submit, particularly places with no reading fees, publishes interview with editors, and has guest bloggers. (Bonus: a Gyroscope Review editors interview will be available on the site this week.)

For a comprehensive list of blogs by poets and writers, visit the list that New Pages put together here: https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/poets-and-writers-blogs

There are many groups that offer news and support. Facebook is full of those – simply do a search for poetry groups and you’ll find all sorts of options. Search #poetsofinstagram to find posts related to poetry on Instagram. Search #poetrycommunity on Twitter. Hashtags are quite useful to search for other poets, calls for submission, deadlines, etc. Follow your favorite poetry journals on whatever social media you use the most. And don’t be afraid to ask for group members who might be interested in looking at your work to give feedback.

Finally, if you need a nudge now and then, prompts are posted by many journals and poets, including us. Visit our Instagram feed every Sunday morning to get a new prompt for the week, or look up our hashtags, #promptsforpoets and #GRcultivatepoetry to get the whole list. We repost them on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Remember, resources are abundant. The poetry community is a large and welcoming place. And you, dear poets, all have your place in it.

 

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Wrap This Up, Too: Looking Back at 2017

We are now at the end of our first year of offering a print edition of Gyroscope Review and we thought, hey, let’s look at those numbers hanging out in our Submittable account. Just how many submissions did we get in 2017?

The answer: 1,854 submissions from 559 poets arrived on our virtual doorstep during the 2017 calendar year. No wonder our eyeballs need a holiday break. If we look at the percentage of what we accepted, an important bit of information for those of you considering where to send your work, our acceptance rate hovers slightly over 10%.

What about what we published during 2017? Those of you who ordered a copy of Wrap This Up: The 2017 Issues may already know the answer. We published 196 poems from 116 poets, 61 of whom were women. Poets published in our pages came mostly from the United States, but also represented Australia, Canada, Germany, Indonesia, Nigeria, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK. One more fun little fact: our youngest published poet, as far as we know, was an 18-year-old high school senior. We have no idea who our oldest poet was; we thought it might be a tad rude to ask. We don’t collect personal statistics  when poets send us work, so these results are gleaned from bios and mailing addresses in our submissions system.

What’s on tap for 2018? We are still working that out. Here’s what we do know: we will continue to offer the best possible work in digital and print formats. We will add a new staff member in January. We will encourage the sharing of poetry far and wide as a reflection of and refuge from this world of ours. And we will keep the dialogue going with everyone who works with us to keep our poetry community strong and welcoming.

Our next issue will be available January 15, 2018. Submissions for the Spring 2018 issue will also open the same day. As always, please review our guidelines before submitting.

Happy New Year from Gyroscope Review.

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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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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.

 

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