November 29, 2015

Looking. Looking Again (Part One)

By Cody Walker

Earlier this month I spent some time at the University of Washington’s Marine Station in Friday Harbor. The occasion was the UW’s fourth annual Poetry and Science Symposium; a terrific […]

April 8, 2015


By Cody Walker

In The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, Rick Barot, one of the book’s contributors, offers this bit of testimony about his development as a writer: For years, what I cared about […]

February 23, 2015

Rotten, Rotten, Rotten

By Cody Walker

We’re seven weeks into the winter semester—and my students have written some terrible poems. It’s OK; I’ve asked them to. We’ve been reading W. D. Snodgrass’s De/Compositions: 101 Good Poems […]

August 6, 2014

Laurels and Hardy

By Cody Walker

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) […]

June 16, 2014

Their Aim Is Just Off

By Cody Walker

We all have our people: writers or singers or actors or comedians who shaped us and sustained us and to whom we remain loyal, because to forget them would be […]

February 28, 2012

Of ideogrammar

By Andrew David King

Just the other day a professor and mentor of mine gave me a copy of Volume III of the late Larry Eigner’s recently-released Collected Poems. What demarcates this collection most […]

July 4, 2010

Ain’t That America

By Cody Walker

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass. The 36-year-old Whitman had hoped to write a “new American Bible,” a work that you, the reader, might […]