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. Still Life 1/3/2003
16. Cat Island 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 Hug 1/3/2003
21. On The Move 'Man, You Gotta Go.' 1/13/2003
22. The Man With Night Sweats 1/3/2003

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Best Poem of Thom Gunn

The Man With Night Sweats

I wake up cold, I who
Prospered through dreams of heat
Wake to their residue,
Sweat, and a clinging sheet.

My flesh was its own shield:
Where it was gashed, it healed.

I grew as I explored
The body I could trust
Even while I adored
The risk that made robust,

A world of wonders in
Each challenge to the skin.

I cannot but be sorry
The given shield was cracked,
My mind reduced to hurry,
My flesh reduced and wrecked.

I have to change the bed,
But catch myself instead

Stopped upright where I am
Hugging my body...

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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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