I Play His Red Guitar

by Charles Cote

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"Charles Coté's remarkable and gorgeous poems, by turns tragic and joyful, lyric and narrative, render precise incisions into our hearts as only the purest poetry can do as they remind us of our deepest losses and most beloved connections. Here are poems that sing us back to the moments in our lives that broke our hearts, as well as the moments that led us to recovery. Here are poems of losing a son, of making sense and order out of the unspeakable, about making ourselves whole again: poems that show how the miracle of poetry will keep us alive."

—Kim Dower, author of Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave


Charles Coté is a clinical social worker in private practice in Rochester, NY and the author of Flying for the Window (Finishing Line Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Barrow Street, Big City Lit, Segue, Salamander, The Cortland Review, Connecticut River Review, Upstreet, Connotation Press, Ducts, Terminus, and Quiddity. He teaches poetry at Writers & Books and serves on the boards of 13thirty Cancer Connect, where he often volunteers as creative writing wellness facilitator, and BOA Editions, Ltd. I Play His Red Guitar is his first full-length collection.