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The Summer 2020 Issue of Gyroscope Review

Welcome to the Summer 2020 Issue (20-3) of Gyroscope Review. It’s been a long road to get here, fraught with COVID and shortages and protests, and all the oddities 2020 has thrown at us. The Summer Issue poets rose to the occasion and did a wonderful job of summing up the state of the world as we presently know it, as well as speculating on the future. Both new and established poets lent their thoughtful…

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Book Review – Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3:00 a.m.

Kind Chemist Wife: Musings at 3:00 a.m. by Sarah Bigham is the kind of book that is worth repeated readings. What do you do at 3:00 a.m. when you are unable to sleep, and your mind whirls with the past, the present, the future? You write. Sarah’s poems in Kind Chemist Wife invites the reader to slow down and join her in late-night musings. Memory is a fickle thing, and Bigham explores what it means…

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The Journal Jungle

With the various lockdowns going on, I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of posts recommending prisoners, err, people do some journaling. This is a good thing. A good idea. It is helpful to get those thoughts down on paper to look at in the future.  Confession time. I don’t journal. At least not in the traditional method of opening a blank book and spewing my guts. I have lots of blank books, I can’t…

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It’s Drafty in Here

National Poetry Month is two weeks in the rear-view mirror. How did your April go? Did you accomplish all you wished? I have an awful lot of poem starts, one to four lines of the beginning of poems. I found I work quite effectively this way, getting the idea down then coming back at a calmer time to flesh it out.  I used to believe you had to write an entire draft of a poem…

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