Patrick Donnelly

Of PATRICK DONNELLY’s ambitious first book, The Charge, Gregory Orr wrote: “I hear, throughout these poems, Gospels of passion and compassion.” Donnelly’s long-awaited second volume—Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin, which Chase Twichell called “a winged re-imagining of the possibilities of voice”—is even more urgent and satisfying. Interspersed translations from the Japanese, made by the author with his spouse, Stephen D. Miller, provide poignant thematic and tonal echoes to poems that, as Jane Hirshfield puts it, “embrace the omnivorous bonfires of transience and desire.”