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Fall 2021 Crone Power Issue

The fantastic Fall 2021 Crone Power Issue of Gyroscope Review is here in all its fabulous glory! You don’t want to miss this issue, chock full of incredible poems by incredible crones. The poets included: Eleanor Altman, Lisa Ashley, Ellen Austin-Li, Carol Berg, Gabriella Brand, Mary Bruce, Wendy Carlisle, Lisa Charnock, Joanne Clarkson, Mary Crow, Mary Alice Dixon, Merrill Douglas, Suzanne Edison, D. Dina Friedman, Trina Gaynon, Karen Paul Holmes, Jude Hopkins, Melissa Huff, Dee…

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Creating Your Own Poetry Prompts

by Elya Braden, Assistant Editor While many of us have been to enough poetry workshops over the years to assemble a notebook or, in my case, several notebooks of poetry prompts, one trick I’ve especially enjoyed from one of my favorite writing teachers, Tresha Faye Haefner, creator of The Poetry Salon, is that of creating your own poetry prompts. I’ve participated in many workshops where the only prompt is a particular poem or maybe a…

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More on Revising Poetry

Revising your poetry. You’ve got a notebook (computer) full of finished poems and wonder “What comes next?” Do you slap the results in an email and rush to submit them far and wide? Or do you carefully revise your work, and create the strongest poems possible?  Revising poetry is the way to go, more so now that I know the depth of my not knowing. It’s a rare poem that can make the leap from…

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Reading Women Poets of the World

I’ve been re-reading Women Poets: From Antiquity to Now by Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone. It’s an interesting collection ranging from a lone Sumerian poet through Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Persian, Indian, African, Chinese, Japanese, European, Native American poets, and even one translated Egyptian Hieroglyph poem. The time span ranges from about 2300 BC to poets born in the 1950s. The range of voices is fascinating. Although hundreds and sometimes thousands of years separate the poets…

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