Four Way Books
Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin
by Patrick Donnelly

ISBN: 978-1-935536-21-5
paper, 108 pages, $15.95



“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.”

—Jane Hirshfield

“This new book is [. . .] an ambitious, winged re-imagining of the possibilities of voice [. . .] 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.”

—Chase Twichell