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 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…

Laurels and Hardy

I’ve been thinking about the North Carolina poet laureate controversy. As you may have heard, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Valerie Macon, a self-published and (from the little evidence available online) not very talented poet, to the position several weeks ago.…

Miranda July, Part 2

A few weeks ago I posted a short appreciation of Miranda July’s 2007 story collection, No one belongs here more than you. Since that time, the New Yorker has temporarily opened up its archives, which means that even non-subscribers can…

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