Candidate #8, Cody Walker, age 40.
I work for the University of Washington, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and the Richard Hugo House. Seattle Arts &

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Cody Walker for Poet Populist

Candidate number 8, come on down!

Candidate #8, Cody Walker, age 40.
I work for the University of Washington, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and the Richard Hugo House. Seattle Arts & Lectures nominated me. I'm a senior writer-in-residence in SAL's Writers in the Schools Program. Cody Walker.JPG

What poem has made you feel most uncomfortable?
A UW student once turned in the following poem: "Cody Walker / has a stalker. / I think it's me / because I watched him pee."

Who is your favorite poet?
Catherine Wing.

What’s your favorite poem right now?
Jason Whitmarsh's "Japanese Watermelon."

What would your campaign slogan be for running for Seattle Poet Populist? Your campaign’s theme song?
Slogan: "A Poet in Every Pot."
Theme Song: Kiki & Herb's "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space."

Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
The woman in the Amtrak Cascades safety video.  And Mario Cuomo.

Can you share an anecdote about poetry touching your life?
I quit college after reading Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer."

What movie character do you most identify with?

Jeff Goldblum's character in Annie Hall.

What is your biggest notable oddball talent?

I can arrange my face into that of a perplexed gorilla.

If you couldn’t write any more, how would you spend that excess time?
I'd try to follow Whitman's advice: "Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy. . . ."

Have you ever used poetry to win someone over or get them in the sack?
[Insert gentlemanly silence.]

What's the most irritating aspect of the poetry scene?
The paparazzi.

What was the last good book you read and fell in love with?
Eric McHenry's Potscrubber Lullabies.

What are a few lines from a poem you’ve written that you’d consider one of your best? (And the title of the poem.)
Title: "Coulrophobia"
First line: "Neither clown was especially trustworthy--their pranks ranged from exploding pens to, in an ugly custody case, propped-up buckets of battery acid--but they were good company and frankly I needed the laughs."

Why should you win?
I think I've been a strong advocate for poetry in Seattle, having taught verse-writing classes in the U District, the Central District, Ballard, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, West Seattle, Belltown, and Beacon Hill.  Plus, my winning the election would amuse my mother.

If elected Poet Populist, what would be your first order of business?
I'd fly the Poet Populist Helicopter over to the Poet Populist Mansion.

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