Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Thom Gunn Poems

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

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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.'

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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