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).

Doctorow

I picked up a first edition of E. L. Doctorow’s Lives of the Poets last summer in a small town in northern Michigan. I had followed a sign pointing to a bookstore—a bookstore that turned out to be a room…

James Tate: A Coda

In the spring of 1991, after a series of aimless months in Baltimore, I was getting ready to move: either to Seattle or to Fayetteville, Arkansas, for graduate school. I couldn’t decide. Flipping through The New Yorker Book of Poems,…

Midsummer, Memory

What do you remember from age four and a half? Anything? Most of my memories begin around age five—and even those are few and fleeting. My earliest memory is one that I’ve never written about: it feels too central to…

Pure Applesauce

When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, I wrote a silly jingle to commemorate the moment. Today, the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the law; in a dissenting opinion, Antonin Scalia resorted to…

Larkin, Cornered

On a day that could use some (possibly) bright news, there’s this: Philip Larkin will be getting a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. He’ll be in fine company: Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens have graves at the site,…

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