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).

The Brain Is Wider Than the Sky

Why write? Why read? Why get up in the morning? The answer may be that we’re curious creatures. We want to find out what we think (so we write). We want to find out what others think (so we read).…

Ruefle, Redux (Part Two)

I wrote about Mary Ruefle in early October—and now, on this last day of November, I’m writing about her again. Tomorrow my workshop will discuss “Lectures I Will Never Give,” the final essay (or lecture, or brain scan) in Ruefle’s…

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.”…

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