Gyroscope Press

Gyroscope Press, micro-press, poetry publisher

Coming on April 15th

How We Learned To Shut Our Own Mouths

by Kathleen Cassen Mickelson.

How We Learned To Shut Our Own Mouths by Kathleen Cassen Mickelson

Listen to poems from the book HERE

Advanced Praise for How We Learned To Shut Our Own Mouths

Beneath a quiet domesticity, uncertainty looms. “Who among us will be dead by next year? Next month? Tomorrow?” the poet asks in “Notes from the Pandemic.” Birthed by political upheaval, racial strife and the relentless terror of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mickelson’s remarkable poems find solace in what matters; the changing of the seasons, nature’s wild creatures, her beloved family, the reassuring promise of routine. The quiet dread that permeates this beautiful collection is countered by glimmers of hope. “Hope is the place from which this book flows,” Mickelson states in her foreword. I couldn’t have said it any better.— Alexis Rhone Fancher, author of The Dead Kid Poems, poetry editor, Cultural Weekly

“Kathleen Cassen Mickelson’s contemplative poems in How We Learned to Shut Our Own Mouths guide us through the seasons of an unusual year and invite us to behold the promise of rebirth, beauty, and peace. She appreciates the everyday and makes it magical as she bids us to see “rain-gemmed gold leaves” and her winter breath “…ahead in small white puffs, a tiny dragon setting fire to the world.” Through her vibrant imagery, we share a time and feelings often familiar, even in our unique experiences.” —Annis Cassells, author of You Can’t Have It All

In her Forward to How We Learned to Shut Our Mouths, Kathleen Cassen Mickelson announces “Nothing is off limits to the power of love.” This declaration sets the tone of a chapbook that bears witness to a world struggling with a pandemic and social unrest, while simultaneously celebrating an artist’s ability to “welcome that clarity our fear keeps obscured.”

Mickelson finds clarity in cooking, walking her dog, video chatting with relatives, and honoring a partner who “… alwaysknow[s]/the right tools/to thaw my heart.” She invites readers to keep their eyes wide open because “There is no reason to rush, nowhere else to be./All we need to do is share this meal, this moment, this now.”

This chapbook is a nurturing and inspiring repast. You’ll want a second helping of Mickelson’s poems whenever your fears begin to obscure the power of love.

—Carolyn Martin, poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly: journal for global transformation and author of Nothing More to Lose (The Poetry Box, 2020)

Available April 15th, 2021 or order from Amazon


Gyroscope Press is the fledgling small press of Gyroscope Review poetry magazine. Our mission is to print chapbooks from primarily those authors identifying as women over the age of 50. Some women don’t get settled into their craft until 50, 60, or beyond.

Gyroscope Press wants to give a publishing opportunity to these underrepresented voices. We welcome both emerging poets who’ve never published a chapbook, to established poets looking to publish new work.

Paperback and ebook options are available. We publish primarily through Amazon. Submissions are extremely limited to give each chapbook the attention it deserves. Our preference is fine, contemporary poetry, but we’ll look at other forms and ideas. 

We Use Submittable

All submissions to Gyroscope Press must be made via Submittable. We do not accept submissions via post or email.


May 5th – June 5th 2021

Note: Once we have accepted our submissions limit, the reading period will close, so submit early. 


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