Blue for Oceans


Charles' first collection of poetry, Blue for Oceans, was published in November 2010 by NHR Press. Visit the NHR website for ordering information or order directly from Amazon.com


"Charles Douthat writes movingly of "the days whispered through us"--what time takes and leaves. His poems take to heart the precious discoveries we are allowed. Blue for Oceans is a haunted and wise book."

- J.D. McClatchy


"These are beautiful, deft, honest, utterly adult poems. . . with an emotional force reminiscent of Snodgrass's Heart's Needle."

- Baron Wormser

Blue for Oceans


Charles' first collection of poetry, Blue for Oceans, won the 2011 L. L. Winship/Pen New England Poetry Award for the best book of poetry by a New England author. To read a review of the book, click here. Visit the NHR Books website for ordering information or order directly from Amazon.com


"Charles Douthat writes movingly of "the days whispered through us"--what time takes and leaves. His poems take to heart the precious discoveries we are allowed. Blue for Oceans is a haunted and wise book."

- J.D. McClatchy


Charles Douthat’s Blue for Oceans shapes and reclaims emotion as a poetic virtue at a time of post-Modernist detachment and allows us to see the world--not as we ordinarily see it--but as we experience it: through the lens of memory and the human heart. The quality of Douthat’s poems lies in their restraint, their lived-in lived-through undeniable authority. He knows that the power of the unsaid-- the vast reservoir of emotion that builds up over a lifetime of experience-- puts enormous pressure on every word. Most people try to write something called "poetry." Charles Douthat is just writing it.

-L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award Citation


"These are beautiful, deft, honest, utterly adult poems. . . with an emotional force reminiscent of Snodgrass's
Heart's Needle."

- Baron Wormser