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).

Pitching and Defense

In today’s New York Times Book Review, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison address a familiar question: “How has the social role of poetry changed since Shelley?” (This question is usually posed in more alarmist terms: Can Poetry Matter? Or Has…

Mankoff

My visual memory isn’t all that great, but I can still picture the refrigerator at my mother’s house where I grew up. It was covered with New Yorker cartoons from the early and mid-’80s: J. B. Handelsman’s dunderheaded editor (“I…

Boo

It’s Halloween; let’s light the cauldron. Shakespeare’s weird sisters, when making their hell-broth, tossed in “Eye of newt and toe of frog, / Wool of bat and tongue of dog”—and, as my young daughter likes to say, “Hey, that rhymes.”…

100 Berrymans

Imagine 100 different John Berrymans, in 100 different replays of the past century. They’re all born on October 25, 1914—in McAlester, in Modesto, in Madison, in Montgomery. Some are privileged, some are poor—but they all have that Berryman soul or…

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…

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