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Throwing Your Heart into The Fire, or How to Win at the Publication Game by Elya Braden

Now that Gyroscope Review is open again for submissions, I’ve been thinking about rejections. As I read poem after poem, noting yes, no, or maybe, commenting online to the other editors and reading their comments, I’ve been thinking about the responsibility every editor has to the writers who are brave enough to risk rejection by putting their work out there for judgment. I just went through a nine-month wasteland of nothing but “No’s,” so believe…

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Sink the Shot and Save the Poem

Let’s talk about ending poems. Reading through slush I’m always looking for a kick-ass ending to a poem. It’s like watching a close basketball game. Last quarter, 2 seconds on the clock, poet racing down the page. Here’s the throw at the buzzer and Ohh…..it bounces off the rim.  I hate that.  I want the poet to succeed, make me slump back in my seat, stunned with awe and envy. Rock my world. That is…

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THE WRITING LIFE: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY

Being a writer and editor means spending a lot of time in front of a computer. When there’s an opportunity to take these skills out into the community, far away from the familiarity of one’s own desk, it’s important to take it. I’ve been lucky to have had three such opportunities this fall, all very different. The first opportunity was getting invited to speak and coach in a high school creative writing class in St.…

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Looking for a Few Good Revision Tips?

Today’s blog post is brought to you by our Assistant Editor, Joshua Colwell. You’ve just written a poem. It might be the best poem you’ve ever written. It has imagery, voice, theme, all the right line breaks. You might think you don’t need to revise, but here are some tips on what to do before you send it out.  Let it rest. You may be tempted to send it off to your favorite literary magazine…

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