My latest poetry collection, Watering the Rhubarb, is just out from Flowstone Press.
(Available from Grass Roots Books and Music HERE )
I'll be doing several readings in the next couple of months.
See the "Events" page for details.
"These poems vividly display a reverence for the beauty of the natural world and a deep lament for its endangered status, but what makes them most interesting to me is the signature wry humor of their creator and his unique contrarian spirit. Where else can you read of an earthworm as a “Humble practitioner / robed only in mucus” or of addressing the current political madness by watering the garden with the contents of a tall glass of hard tapwater you’ve just drunk?"
— Clemens Starck
"In an age as coarsened as ours, we are startled by a voice so guileless, and a heart so open, as Charles Goodrich’s. Read, and be restored." — John Witte
"Charles Goodrich’s poems celebrate the body of the earth from which we come and to which all things return, as well as the power of poetry to raise its fist—full of seeds, its only weapon—against oppression. These poems share the comfort of ravens, “black wings banked around the coals of their hearts,/their bright minds/smoldering,” the particular, fleeting tang of whortleberries, and the minerally kiss of cold water drawn from a well. Contemplating the uncomfortable, such as aging, the risk of tsunami, and the self-inflicted erosion of habitat and democracy, these poems nonetheless point our eyes toward the hawks, not the “hawkers of hate.” This is poetry wholesome in the best sense, showing us how to preserve our wholeness and the flow of grateful energy amid the obstructions (major and minor) of our worldly lives."
— Karen Holmberg
Charles is the author of four volumes of poems, Watering the Rhubarb, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, Insects of South Corvallis, and A Scripture of Crows, and a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building their house, The Practice of Home.