Charles Goodrich honed his eye for the details of nature in his long career as a professional gardener. His poems and essays have earned him numerous fellowships, and five of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on National Public Radio. An article in the Gazette Times newspaper commented: "His subjects are the ignored, everyday wonders: aphids, houseflies, silverfish. A poem titled 'Fruitfly' begins: 'That miserable winter I drank so much/there was this fruitfully who loved to land on my lisps. / I called her Mabel.'"
Praise for Insects of South Corvallis includes this comment by the late Vern Rutsala: "The authentic presence of these poems is remarkable and offers the genuine protein—the verbs, the nouns, the images, and the voice—that only the best poetry has. Each poem is loaded with discoveries and gives us both an immediate and particular event and the distillation of long experience. The is one of the finest books I've read in years."