Thom Gunn

(29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004 / England)

Biography of Thom Gunn

Thom Gunn poet

an Anglo-American poet who was praised both for his early verses in England, where he was associated with The Movement and his later poetry in America, even after moving toward a looser, free-verse style. After relocating from England to San Francisco, Gunn, who became openly gay, wrote about gay-related topics β€” particularly in his most famous work, The Man With Night Sweats in 1992 β€” as well as drug use, sex, and topics related to his bohemian lifestyle. He won numerous major literary awards.

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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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