About Cody Walker

Cody Walker's most recent book is The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016).

Closer Yet He Approaches Us

I’ve made it a habit, from time to time on this blog, to note Whitman’s birthday. The day has come round again; the great gray celebrant is 197 years old. I probably think about Whitman in some small way every…

Forget I Said It

According to a recent essay in the New York Times, Americans feel pretty awful on Mondays. Google searches for “depression” and “anxiety” are at their highest; searches for “jokes” are at their lowest. But wait: Don’t we seek out laughter…

Trump, Galumphing

So it’s finally come to pass: Someone as qualified to be president as I am (and I’m not at all qualified) will represent a major American political party in November’s election. How will it end? I suggested an analogue drawn…

Clowns and Poetry (Part Two)

A few days ago, each student in my clown class submitted a new course syllabus as part of a final portfolio. How, I had asked them, might the class be reimagined, rebuilt? How might it be made better, stronger, faster…

Clowns and Poetry (Part One)

Ann Arbor’s weather of late has been a bit berserk. It snowed two weeks ago; then it was eighty degrees. Today it’s gray and rainy, conditions that pass for spring-like in the Midwest. Students are taking exams and turning in…

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