Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Thom Gunn Poems

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

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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

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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Considering The Snail

The snail pushes through a green
night, for the grass is heavy
with water and meets over
the bright path he makes, where rain
has darkened the earth's dark. He
moves in a wood of desire,

pale antlers barely stirring
as he hunts. I cannot tell

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