July 7, 2016

The Kangas of the World

By Cody Walker

My five-year-old daughter and I have been reading Winnie-the-Pooh this week. In the seventh chapter, the nativist Rabbit tries to drive out recent arrivals Kanga and Roo by kidnapping Roo […]

January 25, 2015

Let’s Play Two!

By Cody Walker

The recent death of Ernie Banks, at age 83, got me thinking about life spans: what we hope for, what we’ll accept. Banks lived a famously full life: he was […]

October 31, 2014


By Cody Walker

It’s Halloween; let’s light the cauldron. Shakespeare’s weird sisters, when making their hell-broth, tossed in “Eye of newt and toe of frog, / Wool of bat and tongue of dog”—and, […]

February 23, 2014

Birds and Brush Strokes

By Cody Walker

As readers, we have certain lines (or stanzas, or paragraphs) that we can’t get out of our heads. Maybe it’s just a phrase: Dickinson’s “Buccaneers of Buzz,” Larkin’s “not untrue […]

November 28, 2013

More Life

By Cody Walker

One of my daughters turns ten today. I’m not sure how much we’ll celebrate, seeing that it’s also Thanksgiving and the first day of Chanukah. Still, ten feels important—it’s the […]

January 10, 2012

This Living Hand

By Joseph Campana

I’m thinking about hands, but Jasper Johns, not Frank O’Hara, is to blame. Earnest grasping. That was what John Keats imagined the warm, living hand capable of performing in his […]