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  • Series: Stahlecker Selections
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Four Way (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935536214
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935536215
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If 'every gesture triggers/ a cascade of ghost-futures,' then every gesture here also triggers ghost-pasts, told in language both tough and lovely and with an unsentimental regard for mortality and 'this cup/ of tears and fire and gall.' Donnelly's second book (after The Charge) is also cut through with some elegant translations of Japanese poems (done with Stephen D. Miller)."

--Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Reviews

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“…an ambitious, winged re-imagining of the possibilities of voice.” (Chase Twichell)

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PATRICK DONNELLY is the author of The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012), which is a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Literary Award. Donnelly is director of the Poetry Seminar, one of three summer programs at The Frost Place, a poetry conference center at Robert Frost's old homestead in Franconia, NH. He is an associate editor of Poetry International, a contributing editor of Tran(s)tudies (www.transtudies.org), has taught at Smith College, Colby College, the Lesley University MFA Program, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He was Thornton writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College in 2006, is a 2008 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is a member of the Massachusetts Poetry Outreach Project Advisory Board. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review, and has been anthologized in the From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present, Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets, and elsewhere. From the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, he received a scholarship in 2003 and a fellowship in 2004, and grants from the PEN Fund for Writers in 2000 and 2001. With Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly is co-translator of the Japanese poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Donnelly and Miller's translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Bateau, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Circumference, thedrunkenboat.com, eXchanges, Inquiring Mind, Kyoto Journal, Mead, Metamorphoses, New Plains Review, Noon: The Journal of the Short Poem, Poetry International, Zone 3, and Like Clouds or Mists: Studies and Translations of Nō Plays of the Genpei War. Donnelly, in previous years, has performed as an actor and opera singer, worked as a professional chef and food writer, helped to coordinate a meal program for people with AIDS, cancer and heart disease, and taught health-supportive cooking and eating to senior citizens and people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. His spiritual curiosity has led him, at different times, to study for the Roman Catholic priesthood and to live as a Buddhist and a Muslim.
Website: http://www.patrickdonnellypoems.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J Penick on June 4, 2012
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These poems move steadily and unexpectedly with an originality that comes from a direct, truthful and reflective way of moving through the world, of being in love, of loving uncertainly, of asking the most interesting questions and listening for answers on the verge of audibility. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Blossom on May 21, 2012
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Patrick Donnelly has woven personal stories, translations from the Japanese, and other lyrical and terrifying elements together, as one poem puts it, delicately, like an ear! Donnelly's joy and gratitude come shining through; his forgiveness of the past, the parents, the places he's been he shouldn't have gone - the poems make you proud to know him.
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Nine years after the publication of The Charge (Ausable Press), Massachusetts-based poet and teacher Patrick Donnelly returns from a long and winding road bearing a satchel filled with leaflets for the soul. "When in the uterine empyrean they told me" opens the collection with something of a mission statement--or, more precisely, with the lack of one. It sets a Buddhist tone for the considerations that follow, harking to the blood--both wet and dried--of attachments in a sparkling and sharply focused elegy to myriad past selves. Yet if we are to ascribe to any doctrinal underpinning, it is the folded shape of indiscretion, which finds purchase in every flavorful syllable.

The shock
not from bleeding, but from being caught
not knowing I'd have to kneel
on stones in front of strangers.

In "On the lungs, the liver, and the blood," a favorite of the collection, Patrick spews foreignness not as the armchair colonialist, but rather from the heart of one who has loved, lost, and loved again. Its tender evocations step out from the snapshot frame and into the shadows of living ghosts, hair tethered to unseen ideals. Like the cell phone screen at which a woman gazes "as one might gaze / at one's own face in a mirror," it is a flat portal to the multi-dimensional inside.

Me, I expect catastrophe,
so I police my levees,
disconnect delicate devices
at first threat of thunder.

Patrick's is an audible world where the cracking of a book spine sounds more loudly than a deluge of tongues.
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I've read Donnelly's NOCTURNES OF THE BROTHEL OF RUIN a couple of times with awe and amazement - not to mention fear, arousal, disturbance, comfort, gladness among a broad range of responses. Word by word, line by line, poem by poem, the book works its way into strange or lost or hidden recesses of my mind and heart and spirit and I'm grateful for the illumination and reverberation. He's a master.
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