Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin reflects on the ways love and sex can ruin us—our bodies, our contentment, our sense of self—but can also grant us an almost spiritual knowledge of the human. Structured around the life of a central speaker born into a world where love is a fever, a sickness, Donnelly’s masterful volume moves through deserted New England mill towns, the sexual abandon of the 1980s gay demimonde, and (in several translations) medieval imperial Japan, searching out the spirit that survives ruin.
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"Because they demand a going-beyond, good second books are harder to write than good first books. Patrick Donnelly's second book, Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, goes way, way beyond his first, The Charge, which was itself extraordinary for its clear-spoken and passionate espousal of life's risks and rewards in the age of AIDS. This new book is not a continuation or enlargement of the earlier poems, though neither does it forsake their visions. Rather, it is an ambitious, winged re-imagining of the possibilities of voice, of what it means to be a particular human being speaking of consciousness and death in a particular time and place. Yet intercut with the poems are translations (done with Stephen D. Miller) from the Japanese, which have the strange and powerful effect of making Donnelly's distinctively American poems feel timeless. I kept having the spooky sensation that this was a book that had been unearthed from some ancient civilization uncannily akin to our own. I know of no other second book that takes such a large and adventurous leap--linguistically, emotionally, imaginatively--head-on into what always has been and always will be the most important subject: how we should live in face of our consciousness of death."
"This is a book as rare for the tuning fork accuracies of its language and encyclopaedic breadth of its knowledge as for the fearlessness of its feeling. Patrick Donnelly's urgent and brilliant poems embrace the omnivorous bonfires of transience and desire; by that permeable vow, they enter the surety of the lasting."
PATRICK DONNELLY is a poet, translator, and teacher living in Massachusetts.
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