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 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…

Robin Williams, What a Concept

“His bearing is intensely Zen and almost mournful, and when he’s not putting on voices he speaks in a low, tremulous baritone—as if on the verge of tears—that would work very well if he were delivering a funeral eulogy. He…

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