Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Thom Gunn Poems

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

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  • Kamiel Chè Kamiel Chè (5/20/2018 7:52:00 AM)

    Wonderfully tender poem about a loving embrace, one of the finest gestures we can make to show each other our love. I discuss this poem on my site kamiel.creativechoice.org

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Best Poem of Thom Gunn

The Hug

It was your birthday, we had drunk and dined
Half of the night with our old friend
Who'd showed us in the end
To a bed I reached in one drunk stride.
Already I lay snug,
And drowsy with the wine dozed on one side.

I dozed, I slept. My sleep broke on a hug,
Suddenly, from behind,
In which the full lengths of our bodies pressed:
Your instep to my heel,
My shoulder-blades against your chest.
It was not sex, but I could feel
The whole strength of your body set,
Or braced, to mine,
And locking me to you
As if we were still twenty-two
When our ...

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To Yvor Winters

Though night is always close, complete negation
Ready to drop on wisdom and emotion,
Night from the air or the carnivorous breath,
Still it is right to know the force of death,
And, as you do, persistent, tough in will,
Raise from the excellent the better still.

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