April 11 – J.I. Kleinberg

Welcome to National Poetry Month and Gyroscope Review’s month-long celebration of poets – and their diverse Writing Assistants. Enjoy the audio/video works by previous Gyroscope Review poets and be sure to check out the Author and fun Writing Assistant Bio at the end of each NPM poet post. Don’t forget to tag the poet on Social Media and let them know you enjoyed their work!

Sowing light

Sowing light

What cloth, what brocade bolt, what silken fray this living is, to lift and fold in ripple wave across the tabled land, to pattern cling, to scissors ring, to dress the night in light, in velvet dark, in woolen felt, all felt in heat, in chill, in each breezed breath, to fan just one more inch of life from miles of death, to wipe the landscape free of ash or flourish dew to heal the ground with grief, apology, or prayer, our greed, our hubris so profound to think that we could fortress light and make it ours, bright fabric, garment, passementerie of stars.

Gyroscope Review
Fall 2023, Crone Power Issue


My fuzzy little assistant doesn’t purr or growl or fly, but sits quietly to the side, ready to help when called upon. It’s a soft, crocheted bowl, about the size of an apple, and it holds perhaps a hundred words that are printed and cut like confetti. They’re concept words – affirm, balance, permission, first – and when I need a little jolt to get going, I draw one out at random and see where it takes me. Usually, that’s somewhere surprising.

Word bowl


J.I. Kleinberg is an artist, poet, and freelance writer. Her poetry has appeared in print and online journals and anthologies worldwide. Her chapbooks The Word for Standing Alone in a Field (Bottlecap Press), how to pronounce the wind (Paper View Press), and Desire’s Authority (Ravenna Press Triple Series No. 23) were published in 2023. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, USA, and on Instagram @jikleinberg.

Don’t forget to read the Spring 2024 Issue of Gyroscope Review.

NPM 2024 Poets

April 1 – Cal Freeman

April 2 – Susanna Lang

April 3 – Marion Brown

April 4 – Melissa Huff

April 5 – Elaine Sorrentino

April 6 – Alison Stone

April 7 – Alexandra Fössinger

April 8 – Laurie Kuntz

April 9 – Dick Westheimer

April 10 – Wendy McVicker

April 11 – J.I. Kleinberg