poet Thom Gunn

Thom Gunn

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  • Liz Strutt (3/28/2020 2:47:00 AM)

    I think I read this poem in 1964, it was titles something like ‘Doctor contemplating his body in the mirror’
    I cannot find any trace of it anywhere, perhaps I read it in a newspaper or the New Statesman. Can someone trace it for me please

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  • Kamiel Choi Kamiel Choi (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

My Sad Captains

One by one they appear in
the darkness: a few friends, and
a few with historical
names. How late they start to shine!
but before they fade they stand
perfectly embodied, all

the past lapping them like a
cloak of chaos. They were men
who, I thought, lived only to
renew the wasteful force they
spent with each hot convulsion.
They remind me, distant now.

True, they are not at rest yet,
but now they are indeed
apart, winnowed from failures,
they withdraw to an orbit
and turn with disinterested
hard energy, like the ...

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Cat Island

Cats met us at
the landing-place
reclining in the sun
to check us in
with a momentary glance,
concierges
of a grassy island.
(Attila's Throne,
the Devil's Bridge,