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).

Mittmentum, the Return

I have a wealth of Mitt Romney poetry that I fear isn’t aging well. Romney was my muse for much of 2011 and 2012; I wrote about forty squibs in which he’s featured. Sometimes the challenge was simply to find…

The Cold Is Cold

On today’s date, in 1972, we said goodbye to John Berryman. Or rather, he said goodbye to us, offering a brief wave before jumping off the side of Minneapolis’s Washington Avenue Bridge. “[T]ired of the winter, & haircuts, & a…

Out with the Auld

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Of course not, says experience, and conscience, and (answering his own question) Robert Burns. So we raise our cups o’ kindness, and we remember friends and friendships, old long since.…

Christmas, Festively

I’ve been thinking about a George Saunders story called “Christmas.” The narrator of the story is part of a roofing crew, a crew that includes a forty-two-year-old, down-on-his-luck, “gentle-voiced” man named John. The higher-ups ride John hard (“You roof like…

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