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).

Antrim, Fabled and Antic

If you’ve been teaching for a while, you’ve probably at some point included A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a syllabus. Perhaps you’ve blasted through the play in a week or two, as I have. (When I teach Calvino’s Six Memos…

Ruefle, Redux (Part One)

Mary Ruefle gave a reading at the University of Michigan last Thursday, which meant that I was able to spend an hour, along with about a hundred others, in her witty and rueful presence. But I’ve been spending time with…

The Most Important Thing in the Universe

Jennifer Michael Hecht, at the end of her poetry collection Funny, writes, “Jokes are one part suddenness and one part grief. That’s why jokes are the most important thing in the universe.” (Hecht’s book, by the way, has an amazing…

Wreckage

Early childhood: what a wipeout, memory-wise. I was alive for Woodstock, for the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, for the moon landing, for the better part of the Vietnam War. I don’t remember any of it. Forty-plus…

The Dutiful Mob, Reconsidered

It’s the day after Labor Day, which means—at many college campuses, including the one where I teach—that fall classes are starting. In constructing the syllabus for my poetry workshop, I’ve leaned, as ever, on Philip Larkin. In his indispensible essay…

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