Goodson's work is a new LGBTQ classic. His debut pamphlet wryly interrogates the male body – and finds it to be a place of risk and narcissism, shame and sensual epiphany. It begins with a famous politician urinating and ends with an Australian mechanic’s avowal of love. In between are Viking swords, terrorism, cosmetic surgery, Daniel Craig – and God disguised as a wasp. The voice is mischievous, restless and visceral. Its sensuousness belies the urgent nature of the interrogation: to ask what – if anything – the male body means.
Rich Goodson lives in Nottingham, UK, where he teaches English language to refugee and migrant teenagers.
The prestigious Poetry Book Society (PBS)has chosen Mr Universeas their Autumn Pamphlet Choice.