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).

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…

Ruefle, Redux (Part Three)

In her lecture “On Sentimentality” (collected in Madness, Rack, and Honey), Mary Ruefle provides the full text of Hart Crane’s “Chaplinesque” and then offers Crane’s own explication of the poem’s final lines (“but we have seen / The moon in…

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