Book of the Week: “In The Jitterfritz of Neon” – Damien B Donnelly and Eilín de Paor

Life, if you’re lucky, is long and memories stack up like books on a nightstand. There are the meaningful ones, the love and loss ones, the serious and important ones, but also the wild ones – nights out that started without a plan and ended up an adventure, hours’ long conversations that evolved into debates, theses, setting the world to rights, encounters with strangers that led to unexpected friendships, sad nights that felt like endings. This collection is about those nights out and their memories, penned across pages during a pandemic that kept us all from even thinking about going out.

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“Jiving off each other’s wistful reminiscences of glittering nights out, Damien B. Donnelly and Eilín de Paor shimmer, shift and shimmy throughout the sassy and sumptuous ‘In the Jitterfritz of Neon’. This book is alive with vivid and vibrant imagery, richly nuanced lyricism, sharply crafted syntax and playful narratives. Capped off with decadent humour and hard-won worldly wisdom, it is a delight of nocturnal exploits, stylish city scenes, romantic dalliances, high-spirited camaraderie and aches for the freedoms we once shared.”

    • Anne Casey, Poet

“Damien B. Donnelly and Eilín de Paor’s dazzling collection of twenty poems shimmers and magnetizes with sensual, nostalgic, celebratory evocations of wild nights in Dublin, Amsterdam and New York. The poems complement each other in a beautiful dance, revelling in sensory experiences, friendship, desire and hope.”

    • Nathanael O’Reilly, Poet, author of (Un)belonging, Preparations for Departure and Distance

 “‘In the Jitterfritz of Neon’ serves up a heady mix of poetic cocktails, taking you on a ghost world odyssey of epic wild nights out. A chatty mix of adventure and self-discovery, it swirls glorious recollections of those precious shared times out that shape us and imbue places with meaning.”

    • Rhona Greene, Writer

“The live feed between Damien B. Donnelly & Eilín de Paor’s sensual and deeply personal poems, is electrifying. The twinned hearts of these poems invoke duende as they beat their daring, striking rhythms.”

    • Eleanor Hooker, Poet

About Damien B Donnelly and Eilín de Paor

Damien B. Donnelly is the author of the poetry pamphlet Eat the Storms and a Stickleback micro collection Considering Canvases with Boys, both published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. His work has appeared in many publications both online and in printHe is the host and producer of Eat the Storms, the poetry podcast and has lived in Paris, London and Amsterdam. He is now back in his native homeland of Ireland.

Eilín de Paor lives in Dublin and works in health and social care. Working towards her first collection, her poems have been published by Ink, Sweat and Tears, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Stony Thursday Book, Vox Galvia, Abridged, Dreich, An Capall Dorcha and The Crank Mag. She can be found on Twitter at: @edepaor


Product details

  • Paperback : 30 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1-913499-32-7
  • Product Dimensions : 14.81 x 0.18 x 21.01 cm
  • You Can Order Signed Copies HERE

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