Firefly Magazine and The Fable Online

  Today, two online journals are featuring my work and I am so proud to be a part of both of these amazing literary collections. Today was the launch of the first issue of Firefly Magazine, a journal of luminous writing, showcasing poetry, flash fiction, short stories and art. Check out issue one through the […]

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THE LIGHT, EVEN IN THE DARKNESS

  Behind the curtains, as the night falls to shadow, I reach for all that tomorrow holds and acknowledge all that lead me here to this temporary darkness before the light returns   All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

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FINE LINES

  There is a man, in the rain, in a hat, getting wet, growing mad, calling connards to the penguins of Parisian pedestrians plodding past him. There is a man, with cigars and a beer, by a bin, full of madness, next to tourists lost in maps as the rain pours down on the wrong choice of […]

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CUNT IN CASUAL CONVERSATION

  We are gender bred, not born into who we are but told forever after what we should become by people, parishioners, preachers, pariahs, parasites, philistines. He is boy not because of an apple that long ago lodged itself in his neck or a cock that swells so often by his bowels. She is girl […]

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L’EXISTENCE CONDAMNÉ

Cutting through the side of the cemetery where Sartre and Simone lay sleeping, trees line an alley, swaddled in sunshine, testifying to today’s teeming tenements, tiny tents pitched by penniless people on pavements echoing existentialisms very essence of existence, regardless of which came first, existence or essence, life or death, rich or poor, the tragic […]

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EN GRÈVE

  (Translation: In French, en grève means on strike, which is as much a part of everyday life in France as les baguettes, les fromages and shoulder shrugs, and most recent of all strikes was this weeks Parisian rubbish collection strike.) The streets are steaming with unwanted waste, The shit of a city smeared on […]

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BONNETS AND BURDENS

  We should dance, he said, as she passed, Dropping the shovel with one hand, taking His hat with the other, sun bleached And straw weaved, but there’s no music, She answered, but there’s no one watching, He replied to the crimson cheeks Of her porcelain face, neath a crimson bonnet And he reached for […]

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SALUTATIONS FROM THE SHADOWS OF SLEEP

  In the shadows of the night He threads his way, carefully, Like a needle running silk, Through distant dreams He yearned for in younger days, Carefree then, the dainty drifter, The doe-eyed dandy with a want To witness the world, to flitter And flap like a starling in first flight, To seek sustenance in […]

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KOREAN INSPIRED

On a break from posting poetry, I am sidelining, for a moment, into my ‘studied’ trade of pattern maker and avid admirer of all things fashion orientated. The Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, located along the rue du Rivoli wing of the Louvre, recently unveiled its latest exhibition entitled KoreaNow, bringing to the attention […]

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