Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Thom Gunn Poems

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

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,

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