About Cody Walker

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

Stevie Smith

For the past several days, I’ve been lugging around Stevie Smith’s All the Poems, which came out earlier this year from New Directions. Edited by Will May, it runs 806 pages and weighs three pounds. The cover shows a girl…

Placement Test

A few days ago, at breakfast with friends, someone brought up the name of an Ypsilanti coffee shop I hadn’t thought about in a while. Oh, I thought, I wrote “Cradle Song” there—the poem that ended up being the opening…

Fall Forward

In my 190-plus posts for this blog, I’ve only once thought to sing the praises of A.Word.A.Day, Anu Garg’s brilliant daily email blast. Allow me a second huzzah: A.Word.A.Day is, most mornings, the Inbox guest I’m happiest to see. An…

There Ought to Be Clowns

I sort of swore off writing about clowns earlier this summer, but I’ve continued to hear their shuffling feet and their muffled laughs. A couple of weeks ago, former Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young almost coldcocked an ex-teammate who was…

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