Gyroscope Review is a print and online poetry magazine published quarterly. You can read their current issue as well as past issue on their site or order them in print. They welcome both new and established poets and are currently open for submissions for their fall special issue with the theme: Crone Power limited to poets over 50 who identify as women.
I wondered how and why this magazine came to be, so I asked Editors Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson some questions to find out. See my interview with Brewer and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Gyroscope Review.
BREWER: Gyroscope Review, founded in 2014, has grown from a quarterly digital-only journal to a print-on-demand and digital journal that continues to publish fine contemporary poetry by and for a broad audience. We try to push the boundaries when there is an opportunity to do so, such as when we decided to make the fall 2019 issue completely dedicated to women-identifying poets over 50 whose poetry celebrates the mature women among us. We limit each issue to no more than 50 published works. We love to showcase our poets and will do Author interviews, Book reviews, and Audio files of poets reading their work to get the word out.
HOPKINSON: How/why did this special themed issue come to be?
BREWER: Our Crone Power call for submissions is the direct result of a theme we did a year ago that invited women-identifying poets over 50 to send us work for one section within our fall 2018 issue. We had such a large response to that call that we decided this year’s fall issue would be completely given over to that idea. Another aspect of this particular call is that we are very much aware that mature women poets are published less frequently than their male counterparts. We would like to tip that balance. Crones rock.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BREWER: Anyone who enjoys fine contemporary poetry. Anyone who is open to casting off old ideas of what poetry can offer. People who savor a well-written poem.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BREWER: We are looking for contemporary poetry that is thoughtful, well-crafted, has been through the revision process enough to be polished, and that invites the world in. We want work that doesn’t take the easy way out – don’t send us clichés or rants or verse filled with gratuitous sex or profanity. The work has to go somewhere, to take the reader to a realization of some sort.
For this specific call, we want work that examines what it is to be a woman, or identify as a woman, over 50 and that includes celebrations/considerations of all maturity brings (body image, visibility or lack thereof, freedom, bravery, fear, strength, wisdom, generosity, time, love, flexibility, frailty, loss, gain….). Keep the focus on the mature woman. Don’t send us a list of ways your grandkid, if you have one, is adorable (even though they are) – we aren’t interested in that. And poems that glorify the old days of smoking dope and protesting are probably not going to make the cut – we’ve seen enough of those. Cancer and parent death poems are a hard sell unless very well done and bringing something new to the table. We’ve seen exceptions to every one of our dislikes. When in doubt, send it in!
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
BREWER: Well done forms that don’t resort to forced rhyme when rhyme is called for. American Sentences, a nice Glose or two.
MICKELSON: Pieces that examine current events without sliding into a rant or a blame game.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
BREWER: 32 Poems, Poet Lore, Button Poetry, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and more
MICKELSON: Rattle, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
BREWER: Here: https://gyroscopereview.submittable.com/submit/142234/submissions-for-fall-2019-issue-crone-power-special-issue
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BREWER: Through the contact form on our website at http://www.gyroscopereview.com/home/contact-us/
DEADLINE: September 7, 2019
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMAT: Print and online
NOTES: “Note: once we have accepted enough poems to fill an issue, the reading period will close, so submit early.”