October 25, 2016

The Mad Realtor’s Song

By Cody Walker

This is my two hundredth post for this blog, and I had planned to mark that milestone by writing about John Berryman. It’s his birthday today—a birthday we should celebrate. […]

October 4, 2016

Adventures in Trumpland

By Cody Walker

What would Lewis Carroll have made of Donald Trump? In an 1875 letter to The Spectator, Carroll (or, really, Charles Dodgson, the don behind the pseudonym) lamented the ways in which the […]

January 27, 2016

The Rhinoceros and the Hippopotamus

By Cody Walker

Where is the great nonsense of our time? You might say that our political world is replete with nonsense, but that’s not the kind of nonsense I mean. True nonsense […]

December 31, 2015

This Beautiful Skin of Ice

By Cody Walker

In yesterday’s scramble to learn what I could about the novelist Adrian Barnes, I happened upon several interviews and essays in which Barnes names Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as his […]

November 30, 2015

Looking. Looking Again (Part Two)

By Cody Walker

If it’s good to look, might it be better still to look again? That’s my hope—and I’ve been betting my writing life on that hope all year. I wrote about […]

September 29, 2015

He Looked Again, And Found It Was . . .

By Cody Walker

A couple of days ago on this blog, Dora Malech wrote: “In poetry workshops and literature courses, I always emphasize poetic turns (not just in sonnets) and the pleasures and […]

December 17, 2012

Why Ashbery is So Dull

By Amit Majmudar

Those who dislike John Ashbery’s poetry often complain that they “don’t understand it.” As any Ashbery fan will explain, while secretly thinking you a retrogressive muggle, there is nothing to […]

August 2, 2012

Topographed: a new approach to poetic geography

By Andrew David King

Over the past few months, I’ve traveled from Hayward, California to Washington, D.C., then from D.C. to Manassas and Remington in Virginia, then to backwoods West Virginia—Hinton, Beckley, and the […]

June 8, 2012

Short Takes: Cutting It Out, Keeping It In

By Andrew David King

Gangs of robots, social expectations, and charting syllogisms: if George Saunders, Lewis Carroll, and many others had written the much-maligned Twilight series. C. S. Lewis on “the thing” writers write […]

May 4, 2009

Riddles That Have No Answers

By Cody Walker

As I continue to age — dramatically, and, in a friend’s recent words, against my “express wishes” — I begin to think differently about the young. More and more, they […]