About Cody Walker

Cody Walker is the author of Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser, 2008) and the coeditor of Alive at the Center: An Anthology of Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan, 2013).

Rotten, Rotten, Rotten

We’re seven weeks into the winter semester—and my students have written some terrible poems. It’s OK; I’ve asked them to. We’ve been reading W. D. Snodgrass’s De/Compositions: 101 Good Poems Gone Wrong, and we’ve been following Snodgrass’s example of sucker-punching…

Let’s Play Two!

The recent death of Ernie Banks, at age 83, got me thinking about life spans: what we hope for, what we’ll accept. Banks lived a famously full life: he was scouted by Cool Papa Bell*; he hit 512 home runs;…

Talking PBS NewsHour Live Video Blues

When President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress in September of 2009, I wrote about it for this blog. The speech has faded, of course, from national memory; only Joe Wilson’s grade-school outburst (“You lie!”) survives. Hoping to catch…

Doubling Down on the Clown (Part One)

Reading Peter Baker’s piece in today’s New York Times about the two older Bush brothers, I came across these 1988 statements by the youngest brother, Marvin: “Jeb is the serious one. We have always thought that he would have a…

Poetry, Power, and Panache

“Me, we,” wrote Muhammad Ali, in what may be the shortest poem ever composed (or at least the shortest poem ever delivered as part of a Harvard commencement address). It’s a lovely, inclusive statement—very much in the “for every atom…

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