Read This, Not That!: Gridiron Edition

February 5, 2016

Maybe you’d like an excuse to eat delicious snacks this weekend, but you don’t need to watch or read about the Super Bowl. There are plenty of other things to do while you eat your queso dip. Dave Zirin has a wealth of “counter-programming” for you, including an interview with Oakland resident Davey D on the divide between Bay Area residents and football visitors and a podcast, …

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“69 Hidebound Opinions”

January 25, 2016

These quotes come from C.D. Wright’s essay “69 Hidebound Opinions, Propositions, and Several Asides from a Manila Folder Concerning the Stuff of Poetry,” which you can (and should!) read in the anthology By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry. Asked informally “What’s a young poet to do,” Robert Creeley proposed, “form a company.” He meant start something: a magazine, a book press, go on-line; publish yourselves. One outfit flies …

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Read This, Not That!: Please Don’t Call It Poetry Edition

January 22, 2016

A certain lipstick pig has reappeared in the news this week.                   I can’t bring myself to listen to much of her speech, much less read the transcript. She seems to be intent on ruining rhyme for everyone else. And repetition. And possibly the entire English language. Luckily, there is another pig you can read about, a Weird …

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Read This, Not That!: Diet Edition

January 17, 2016

I have been seeing a lot of articles lately about what foods you should cut out to make your New Years resolutions a reality. Take my advice: skip all that reading and add Thomas Sayers Ellis’s “The Shrimpy Grits” to your diet. The thing about “The Shrimpy Grits” is you can “Throw anything in them—cheese, bacon bits, Giuliani, / Bush I, Bush 2 and they still …

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Read This: Anti-social Network

January 9, 2016

I understand there is a new social network. I don’t know anything about Peach and I prefer not to find out. If you’re also planning to avoid it, I have a suggestion for something better. Read this poem by Jennifer Moxley:   “Dividend of the Social Opt Out” celebrates staying home from the party. If you’re not gathering followers on Peach right now, that’s …

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Lopez’s “Good People” Uneven But Charming

January 5, 2016

Good People Robert Lopez Bellevue Literary Press 192 Pages $16.95 Reviewd by Patrick Vogelpohl   Good People, Robert Lopez’s latest short fiction collection, is like a younger sibling: Both are often irritating, but you want them in your life. Lopez is the author of Asunder, Kamby Bolongo Mean River and Part of the World. Vol. 1 Brooklyn praised Asunder, Lopez’s first collection of stories, for its …

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Read This: The Auld Lang Syne Edition

December 31, 2015

For New Year’s Eve, you could look up the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne” so you know what you’re supposed to be singing–but instead, why not read a different Robert Burns poem? In “To a Mouse” a farmer feels sorry for plowing up a mouse’s burrow, scaring it and ruining its hard work. This poem gives us the famous but usually misquoted lines, “The best laid schemes …

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Read This, Not That!: The Force Edition

December 19, 2015

A new Star Wars movie is in the world. I have heard it is pretty okay, or better than horrible. If you care, you’ve probably already seen it in the theater, so instead of reading a(nother) review of Episode VII, try “My God, It’s Full of Stars” by Tracy K. Smith, from her Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars: This poem has more science fiction than …

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Read This, Not That!

December 11, 2015

Is there a Donald behind The Donald? This weekend, rather than reading another denunciation of the leading Republican candidate’s hateful rhetoric or another expression of surprise that we’re still watching the show that shouldn’t have gone on, read this poem by T.S. Eliot about a walking caricature. “Suite Clownesque” is an early poem, one that remained largely unknown until 1996, when a notebook of Eliot’s …

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TCR’s Nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prizes

November 16, 2015

Here are The Cossack Review‘s nominations for the 2016 Pushcart Prizes. It was very difficult to choose only six from among the many wonderful pieces of writing we published in 2015. “FYI,” by Kristopher Oppegaard. Fiction, Fall Web Issue “Reproduction Pantoum,” by Denise Duhamel. Poetry, Issue 5 “Who Came Before,” by Marlys West. Poetry, Issue 4 “The Poet’s Wife’s Friends Final Words,” by Dan O’Brien. Poetry, Fall …

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