Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Thom Gunn Poems

1. Duncan 8/29/2014
2. Moly 8/29/2014
3. Baby Song 12/3/2014
4. Lament 8/29/2014
5. In Trust 8/29/2014
6. Tamer And Hawk 8/29/2014
7. For A Birthday 12/3/2014
8. Painting By Vuillard 1/3/2003
9. To Yvor Winters 1/3/2003
10. The Dump 1/3/2003
11. A Map Of The City 11/12/2005
12. Black Jackets 11/12/2005
13. The Butcher's Son 1/3/2003
14. My Sad Captains 1/13/2003
15. From The Wave 11/7/2005
16. Still Life 1/3/2003
17. Cat Island 1/3/2003
18. Considering The Snail 1/3/2003
19. The Man With Night Sweats 1/3/2003
20. Street Song 1/3/2003
21. The Hug 1/3/2003
22. On The Move 'Man, You Gotta Go.' 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Thom Gunn

On The Move 'Man, You Gotta Go.'

The blue jay scuffling in the bushes follows
Some hidden purpose, and the gush of birds
That spurts across the field, the wheeling swallows,
Have nested in the trees and undergrowth.
Seeking their instinct, or their pose, or both,
One moves with an uncertain violence
Under the dust thrown by a baffled sense
Or the dull thunder of approximate words.

On motorcycles, up the road, they come:
Small, black, as flies hanging in heat, the Boy,
Until the distance throws them forth, their hum
Bulges to thunder held by calf and thigh.
In goggles, donned...

Read the full of On The Move 'Man, You Gotta Go.'

The Dump

He died, and I admired
the crisp vehemence
of a lifetime reduced to
half a foot of shelf space.
But others came to me saying,
we too loved him, let us take you
to the place of our love.
So they showed me
everything, everything--

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