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Run Oregon Bookshelf: Simple Rhythms, Poetry for Runners

Ray Charbonneau, a runner and writer, has come out with a book of poetry just for runners. Simple Rhythms, Poetry for Runners is a collection of poems that all runners can relate to.

The poems in this short book are a variety of styles including haiku, limerick, free verse, and traditional poetry. All of the poems have one thing in common – running. Some of the poems are light and amusing, while others embrace the struggles of running. The topics are varied from choosing a running shoe, to the reason for running, to running season (which is obviously year round,) and even a runner’s variation of Poe’s “The Raven.” Even if you don’t care for poetry, as a runner, you can appreciate and relate to the topics.

The book includes photos of everyday runners as well as drawings and paintings that go along with each poem. Similar to running, the book is true to its title in its overall simplicity. It is a quick read, but some of the poems will draw you back in and you’ll find yourself reading them again on another day. Sounds a lot like running, doesn’t it?

You can find Simple Rhythms and more books by Ray Charbonneau at Purchase the paperback of Simple Rhythms for $8.99 on, or the Kindle version for $2.99.

About Annette Vaughan (477 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

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