Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Patrick Donnelly Reading at Smith College on March 13th

Tuesday, March 13th beginning at 7:30pm, Four Way Books author Patrick Donnelly will be at Smith College for a reading and book launch. It will be in the Stoddard Hall Auditorium, free and open to the public.

"Donnelly’s poems, as described by The Boxcar Poetry Review, “shine a light in the darkest corners, and are infused with humor, humanity, and steely passion.” His ambitious first book, “The Charge,” is a nuanced and deeply affecting exploration of love, sexuality and grief in the age of AIDS.

This reading celebrates the publication of Donnelly's long-awaited second collection, "Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin," which is even more urgent and satisfying. Poet Chase Twitchell describes the new book as "an ambitious, winged re-imagining of the possibilities of voice ... taking a large and adventurous leap -- linguistically, emotionally, imaginatively."

"Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin" includes translations from the 1,000-year-old Japanese imperial anthologies of poetry, which Donnelly translated with Stephen D. Miller. More translations will appear in "The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period," a scholarly history and analysis forthcoming from Cornell East Asia Series."

If you are near the college on that Tuesday, be sure to stop by. After the reading there will be a book signing and sale. To learn more about the event and Patrick Donnelly, click here. Be sure to keep checking our site to get your copy of "Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin" and to learn more about Donnelly's writing as well as the writing of our other authors.