Item description for The Charge by Patrick Donnelly...
Of this book, Gregory Orr has written:
"Patrick Donnelly's amazing book 'The Charge' has something to do with electricity, with the intensity of lucid, urgent speech lighting up parts of our hearts and brains as poems are supposed to do, but it also has to do with a charge Donnelly has been given: a spiritual mission. This charge is to bear testimony to the realities, tensions, and intensitities of living in his particular world and knowing that world must be transformed in order to reveal its spiritual significance. He reminds me, in this project, of Whitman, another passionate denizen of the Brooklyn that Donnelly hymns and inhabits. Donnelly has Whitman's tenderness and that empathy for others Whitman counseled us to cherish as intensely as we cherished our carnal self-delight. I hear, throughout these poems, the gospels of passion and compassion. I hear an erotic humor Whitman would have aspired to had he been as free in body as he was in spirit. Donnelly writes of Eros and AIDS, grief and rage --and everything he writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage. It is a book full of psalms of gratitude, and it is also a book bursting with prayers, many of them anguished. Are they answered? They are, as the best poems must be, their own answer, the answer of love."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Ausable Press
ISBN 1931337152 ISBN13 9781931337151
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More About Patrick Donnelly
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.
Patrick Donnelly currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Patrick Donnelly was born in 1956.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Charge?
Great read! Sep 16, 2008
This book is filled with endearing and insightful poems. They will capture your spirit and leave you wanting for more. A real treasure to have as part of your collection!
So Wonderful! Jun 25, 2004
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.
Haunting and Precise Mar 11, 2004
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.
Wonderful Collection Nov 6, 2003
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.