by George J. Dance


Midwest: A magazine of poetry and opinion Number 4 (Summer 1962). Courtesy Main Street Fine Books and Manuscripts.

Robin Reay Cuscaden [1] (March 13, 1931 - March 22, 2005)[2] was an American poet.


Cuscaden was born about 1931; his father, Henry,and his mother, Irvin, were both 21 years old. At the time of the 1940 census, he was 9 years old and lived in Wheeling, Illinois, with his parents and brother, Michael.[3]

With Ron Offen, Cuscaden was the co-editor of Mainstream: A quarterly journal of poetry (1957), an early publisher of Richard Brautigan. Offen and Cuscaden were also co-editors of Odyssey: Explorations in contemporary poetry and the arts (1958-1959), which published the early work of Charles Bukowski, LeRoi Jones, David Ray, and others.[4]

In the early 1960s Cuscaden edited the literary magazine Midwest: A magazine of poetry and opinion, contributors to which included Bukowski, Robert Bly, Cid Corman, Marvin Bell, and Lucien Stryk.[5] Operating out of Chicago, he also published a chapbook series, Midwest Poetry Chapbooks, that included Bukowski's Run with the Hunted (1962).[6]



  • Ups and Downs of a Third Basemen. Webster City, IA: Firebird Imprints, 1963.
  • Poem for a Ten-Pound Sailfish, and other sonnets. New Rochelle, NY: Elizabeth Press, 1963.


  • 28 Poems. Sumac, MI: Sumac Press, 1966.[7]

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[8]

See alsoEdit



  1. Cuscaden, R. R. (Robin Reay), VIAF, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  2. Robin R Cuscaden (1931 - 2005), Ancient Faces. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  3. Robin Cuscaden in the 1940 Census, 1940 Census. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  4. Ron Offen, Wikipedia, August 24, 2018, Wikimedia Foundation. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  5. Midwest: A Magazine of Poetry and Opinion (Summer 1962, Number 4), Main Street Fine Books and Manuscripts. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  6. Run with the Hunted, Ed Smith Books. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  7. 28 poems, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.
  8. Search results = au:R R Cuscaden, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 18, 2018.

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