Books Published by Silverfish Review Press
Charles Goodrich is the author of a previous volume of poems, Insects of South Corvallis, and a book about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home. He has also co-edited In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helen. After a long career as a professional gardener, he now serves as Program Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. A number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on his National Public Radio Program, The Writer's Almanac.
In Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, Charles Goodrich chronicles the changing seasons manifested in his garden. He evokes plants and animals, and our deep human congress with the earth in exquisitely drawn poems, but the heartbeat at the center of his book is the recognition that death is the fuel for all the life that rises out of the fecund earth. This is no dainty plot, no white-gloved garden of roses and daffodils. Goodrich's garden is a teaming, treacherous terrain of great peril, and even greater earthy delights. His book leaves you longing to put your hands into the dirt, to turn the soil and remember where you came from, and where you're going. -- Gary Young
- Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden