Gyroscope Review Rings in the New Year

GR Past & Present

Happy 2019! Gyroscope Review had a good year, and hopes our poets and readers did also. We put out our Third Anniversary Issue in the Spring, with a special category, ‘Planting Ourselves’, and had a another special issue, ‘The Crone Edition’, in the Fall of 2018. We also had three handmade art covers for the year, and hope to do more in the future. We continue to offer Gyroscope Review in PDF format, and as a purchasable print edition or Kindle edition for our reader’s convenience. Your support keeps us going forward.

Our submissions numbers for all 2018 editions were 2966 submissions total, including so many for the Crone Issue that it overwhelmed our submissions system. We offer weekly poetry prompts through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and love to see the results appear in our slush pile. We are thankful for the support of all our poets and readers as we move into a new year, and hope to keep growing and bringing you Fine Contemporary Poetry.

So onwards to 2019. Have you set goals for the upcoming year? Submissions goals, number of poems written in a week/month/year goals? Are you wanting to attend a workshop, hone your skills? Maybe put together a book and get it out there, circulating? Let us know on Facebook what you have planned for 2019.

There are all sorts of things out there to keep your poetry production humming along. Join a critique group, it thickens your skin and teaches perspective. Learn new forms. Work with a partner (or two or three) and co-write poems. It’s a lot of fun, and the poems take twists and turns you never expected. Co-writing, I learned how to do an Abecedarian, American Sentences, Couplets, as well as writing alternating lines, stanzas, and poems that respond to partner poems.

You political poets out there, keep writing. We need your take on things now more than ever. We don’t know where 2019 is taking us, but I suspect it will be a wild ride. Poetry grounds us, poetry motivates us. Poetry keeps us real. Go forth, create, and share with the world. Gyroscope Review is a place to get your ideas before the public. Online, print, podcast and video, let’s do what poets do best. Raise our voices and be heard.

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Our Winter Solstice Offering – UPDATE!

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: 

Gyroscope on Amazon

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:

 GROUNDHOGS, CRONES & OTHER POEMS – ON AMAZON

HAPPY READING!

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December Poetry Prompts

Need some inspiration for the last, two week crunch before we close submissions for the Winter issue? Here are some photos to jump start your creativity. Go wild, be imaginative, take us someplace we’ve not been before. Looking forward to seeing what you poets come up with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Second Helping of Pie Before I Get Back to Work

Today, our assistant editor, Josh Colwell, shares a craft essay with writing tips for the holiday season.  We thought it was time for a little encouragement for all the writers out there.

The holidays are the time of year to gather around the table with loved ones, eat belly-bursting meals, and . . . write?

As writers, we often like to find routines, whether that be waking up an hour early every day to work on our next best seller or typing a few lines of a sonnet into our notes app at work during lunch. We like to find things that work for us, and we don’t like when those things get interrupted. 

The holidays have a funny way of interrupting us, of taking us out of our routines and leaving us pulled between what we should do as polite hosts/guests and what we should do as writers. I’ve compiled a list of different ways to get the most out of your writing time this upcoming stretch. 

  1. Have a plan. Nothing can derail a writing session more than not knowing where or when it will happen. If you’re going to be traveling during the holiday season, make note of how long you’re going to be away and what daily activities you’re going to be taking part in. Like to get 1,000 words in after dinner during your normal writing schedule? Check with your family to see if that’s practical. If not, you might need to wake up a little earlier to get those words in. Have set goals and write them down to keep yourself accountable – and to help you remember once all the festivities begin. 
  2. Wake up earlier. One of the easiest ways to get more writing done is to wake up an hour earlier than usual. The early morning hours are generally the most peaceful and can help you keep a clear mind as you work. If this isn’t something you normally do, try getting into the routine a few days before so your body clock is used to it. 
  3. Outline. We all want every writing session to be as productive as possible. Adding people to the house or being in an unfamiliar place can interrupt the writing process, leaving us frustrated and likely to close up shop saying we’ll try again tomorrow. Outlining can help maximize the precious time we have to ourselves. It might even be as simple as jotting down a few bullet points the night before, but outlining and knowing what comes next before you actually sit down to write can be extremely beneficial. 
  4. Keep your phone charged/carry a notebook. The notes app in my phone has saved me more times than I can count. I can easily jot down notes, a few lines of a poem, or even an important bit of dialogue during a car ride or while waiting to be seated at a table. I will occasionally bring a small flip-up notebook and a pen if I notice my battery is running low; that way, I won’t be kicking myself later for not remembering an important detail.
  5. Forgive yourself. Hitting your word count is hard enough when everything goes right, let alone during the two most hectic months of the year. It’s easy to let yourself fall into a slump and to say you’ll start again the first of the year. There’s nothing wrong with being human. Dance to one more song, drink a little more than you should, fill up on that homemade pumpkin pie. The writing will be there when you get back. Some days you might only get a few sentences written and others none at all. The important thing is to keep looking forward, even if it sometimes feels like you’re standing still.

 

 

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