April 17 – Jacqueline Jules

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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!

Hot Soup in My Bowl

Hot Soup in My Bowl 
by Jacqueline Jules

Rain pelts the windows
and the thunder is so loud,
I can hardly hear the man
on the television report downed trees,
flash floods, and power outages all over.

My lights are still on. There is hot soup 
in my bowl. And I can have ice cream 
for dessert if I choose. 

How can I feel grateful, angry as I am   
at a world where lightning
seems to strike the righteous
more often than the wicked.

It’s dark outside. The roads are flooded.
Nothing can be changed tonight.

Is it wrong to snuggle 
under a blanket, switch the channel 
to a sitcom, and cherish
the safety and shelter
I wish others had, too.

Published in Route 7 Review, December 2020

On the Way to Chemo

On the Way to Chemo
by Jacqueline Jules

I paid attention 
to the squirrel
scurrying up the oak
as we got into the car.

I watched for
the giant graffiti rose
on the building
two blocks
from the hospital.

I saw the fountain
gurgling outside
the outpatient entrance.

No tulip, no tufted titmouse,
no tint of color in the sky
passed unnoticed. 

My eyes sought 
every evidence
that the world still held 
something worth seeing.

Published in The Wild Word, May 2021


Chase the Chair was purchased on a whim at The Container Store after Jacqueline Jules, his poet friend, discarded a much less comfortable chair. He is quite unique. Instead of padding, he has bungee cords in his seat and back rest. This enables Jacqueline to bounce a bit in her chair as she writes. With Chase the Chair, Jacqueline is able to stay seated at her desk to finish a poem without a backache. He is an indispensable writing asset.

Chase the chair


Jacqueline Jules is the author of Manna in the Morning (Kelsay Books, 2021) and three poetry chapbooks, Itzhak Perlman’s Broken String (winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press), Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications, 2014) and Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared in over 100 publications including The Sunlight Press, Gyroscope Review, and One Art. She is also the author of two poetry collections for young readers, Tag Your Dreams: Poems of Play and Persistence (Albert Whitman, 2020) and Smoke at the Pentagon: Poems to Remember (Bushel & Peck, 2023). Visit  www.jacquelinejules.com

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

April 12 – Ellen Austin-Li

April 13 – D. Dina Friedman

April 14 – Connie Post

April 15 – Georgina Key

April 16 – Judith McKenzie

April 17 – Jacqueline Jules