Collected Poems

Thom Gunn

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This collection covers the span of Thom Gunn's remarkable poetic career over almost forty years. Gunn has made a speciality of playing style against subject as he deals with the out-of-control through tightly controlled meters and with the systematized through open forms.

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Thom Gunn reads his poems "Jamesian" and "The Home"

"Listen to this poetry reading to hear the poet Thom Gunn read his poems ""Jamesian"" and ""The Home."" Gunn (1929–2004) wrote poems about nature, friendship, literature, love, and death, set against the ever-changing backdrop of San Francisco—the druggy, politically charged sixties and the plague years of AIDS in the eighties. Learn more about the poet Thom Gunn and find his poetry collections at http://us.macmillan.com/author/thomgunn"

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"[Gunn] has always been elusive, hard to place both as to nationality and as to poetic affiliation. His Collected Poems are sane, accessible, impressive in their versification and command of language--testaments to intelligence, warmth, and integrity."--Richard Tillinghast, The New York Times Book Review

"[Gunn is] an exceptional and fascinating poet with a formal range to rival Auden's, a sensuality to rival Ginsberg's, and a profound yet daily humanity that surely surpassess that of any other poet of our times . . . [There is] a unity of purpose that extends throughout [this] work, from the watchful early metrics through the syllabics, the reach and skill of the free verse and, in much of the latest work, a return to strong form that might be termed triumphant had it not been called into the service of matter so saddening. Always Gunn has written from that lost and loving center between brain and body, which thinks while it feels, and feels while it learns: that species of poetic consciousness, perhaps unique to him in contemporary verse, has never flinched from joy or mortality, and does not flinch from the lengthy raw detailing of hopeless sickness that has been so much of its work in recent times. The human frame, fighting its dirtiest war for years, has at least got its strongest poet in the lists."--Glyn Maxwell, The Times Literary Supplement

"How to speak about poems which have gained such a central place in imagination that they are often like the voices of one's own most private and valued reveries? . . . To keep open to the spontaneous visitations and seductions of the cunning Hermes--inventor of the lyre, god of crossroads, of thieves, luck, wealth, and fertility, conductor of souls to Hades--requires what Gunn's poems show him particularly fit for: the ability to give up the self to change in others, to change in oneself and in the world. In that sense, all for Gunn's reticence in putting himself foward as a lover, his devotedly impersonal attachments make him one of the great love poets in English."--Tom Sleigh, Boston Review

"Gunn's Collected Poems run to almost five hundred pages, and all of them have virtues that a serious teacher, like [Yvor] Winters, or Gunn himself, could recognize and teach: technical skill, lucidity, discipline."--A. Alvarez, The New Yorker

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Thom Gunn

Thom Gunn, born in 1929, has received many awards, including a Lila Acheson Wallace/Reader's Digest Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux Paperbacks
April 1995
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ISBN: 9780374524333
ISBN10: 0374524335
5 1/2 x 8 7/16 inches, 512 pages
$32.00
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