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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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National Poetry Month

Poet of the Day – Karen George

National Poetry Month April 30, 2020 Karen George Frida Kahlo, Henry Ford Hospital (The Flying Bed), 1932         Frida, not everyone wants to see you unclothed on a hospital bed in the open air, industrial Detroit on the horizon, blood puddling beneath you. Clutched in your hand, long umbilical cords attached to floating objects: model of the female reproductive system, a snail, an orchid, your pelvis fractured in a bus accident when you were…

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National Poetry Month

Poet of the Day – Claire Rubin

National Poetry Month April 29, 2020. Claire Rubin Wise Penelope   Twenty years without hearth sitting, shawl weaving, sock sewing, without supervising servants so the roast pig is pleasing to the hoards of lascivious men swigging wine, pinching servants and waving cardboard swords   Twenty years of adventures, the captain of her ship never falling for lotus flowers or the seductive voices of sirens no need for wax plugs in her ears but Poseidon saw…

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National Poetry Month

Poet of the Day – Susan Wismer

National Poetry Month April 28, 2020 Susan Wismer The Babysitter   I wanted to touch Mrs Quinn’s neck my hand, stubby, unsure, poised four years old   I wanted to trace the round line of her collar the base of her throat rest, just for a moment my pointer finger   on the cup of her bone, in the notch a slight flutter, wrinkled soft hollow on her rice papered skin a sketch of wrinkles,…

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