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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Ausable Press (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931337152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931337151
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,434,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The clear accessibility of his writing immediately invites the reader inside his world." -- Iron Horse Literary Review

"The mingling of lover/brother/life/death in this collection is scented with humor as well as sweat." -- Kingdom Books, July 14, 2008

...he instructs us to take what we need to live our lives a little better, whatever that might be. -- The Saint Ann's Review,Winter/Spring 2004

...wry, impulsive, rakish and personable, offering us snippets of city life that overflow with longing, vitality and pain. -- A Journal of Contemporary Poetry, October 2004

It's grand to find a writer who can speak about the riddles of life that transcend political and social boundaries. -- Animus, 2004

Such complete nuanced rendering of the many emotional connections we can have to a a rare achievement. -- Lambda Book Report, February 2004

This harrowing distinction indeed defines our plight, at any stage of our lives. -- Antioch Review, Winter 2005 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patrick Donnelly received an MFA from Warren Wilson College, where he was a recipient of the Larry Levis Scholarship. He is an Associate Editor at Four Way Books, a curator of the reading series at the Ear Inn in Greenwich Village, and Program Assistant of Readings on the Bowery, sponsored by Four Way at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

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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 (, 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,, 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lilah Hegnauer on June 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I loved this book - his rhythms are always delightfully precise, the language moves freely from one image to the next, the ideas are so complex and willing to become unsettled and unsolved in both the poet's mind and the reader's. Reading the poems aloud is also a great experience - so rich.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is simply a wonderful collection of poetry: well-written, engaging, thoughtful, even touching, at times. So much of Contemporary American Poetry, especially among the younger poets, is glib, sardonic, dull. How wonderful to find poetry like this. This is certainly one of the best first book of poems published this year.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A.M. Parker on March 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
After encountering work on Poetry Daily, I looked forward to the collection; it has met my expectations, which were high. This is a good book--one that moves freely through its various sadnesses with great precision and rigor. A strong first collection.
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