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  Thom Gunn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thom Gunn (August 29, 1929 - April 25, 2004) was a British poet.
He was born Thomson William Gunn in Gravesend, Kent.
In Gunn's next book, Jack Straw's Castle (1976), the dream modulates into nightmare, related partly to his actual anxiety-dreams about moving house, and partly to the changing American political climate.
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 Telegraph | News | Thom Gunn
Gunn's parents divorced when he was 11, the year he wrote his first poem, and also, to please his mother, a brief novel.
Gunn enjoyed the gossip he winkled out of the novelist, whom he tried to impress with his own youthful cattiness.
Thom Gunn is survived by Mike Kitay, and a cat, Rose.
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 THOM GUNN
Gunn was the recipient of many literary awards -- the Forward Prize, England's largest poetry prize, in 1992; a $369,000 MacArthur Fellowship for lifetime achievement in poetry, in 1993; and last year the prestigious David Cohen British Literature Prize -- but he assiduously rejected the stuffy attitudes and behaviors of academia.
Thom Gunn, who died in April at the age of 74, was a lively Anglo-American poet with a warm heart and a cool head, a rare combination.
It was Thom Gunn's fate, surely unlooked for, to become one of the foremost chroniclers of the AIDS pandemic as it had its way with countless friends and acquaintances in the San Francisco gay community.
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 Thom Gunn
Thom Gunn's life and career - childhood, National Service, Oxford education, Fighting Terms, studies with Yvor Winters, drug experiences, and life as a gay, acclaim for The Man with Night Sweats, MacArthur Fellowship.
Thom Gunn was born in Gravesend, Kent, in August 1929, the elder son of Herbert and Ann Charlotte Gunn (née Thomson).
Gunn's mother had also been a journalist, but gave up her career with the births of Thom and his younger brother, Ander.
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 Gunn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gunn High School - A High School in Palo Alto, CA.
Gunn diode - A form of diode used in high-frequency electronics
Gunn (clan) - A Highland Scots clan, of Norse Origin.
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 glbtq >> literature >> Gunn, Thom
Gunn was born in Gravesend, Kent, and educated at University College School, Bedales and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Constant in Gunn's poems from Touch (1967) onward, however, is what one critic has called "imaginative naturalness and greater openness of feeling." This increased naturalness entailed both a loosening of the traditional poetic forms with which he began to write and a greater freedom with the life of the senses and with feeling.
A portrait of Thom Gunn by Stathis Orphanos.
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 Newsletter of the Friends of Amherst College Library, Volume 27, Form & Freedom: Thom Gunn in America
Thom Gunn was the Robert Frost Library Fellow in the spring of 1981, just 20 years before Daniel Hall's talk with the above title was delivered in Porter Lounge to members of the Friends Council and others from the Amherst community.
His encounter with their work was shattering: at first, he found himself unable to write free verse, and to shake himself out of ingrained formal habits, he began writing in syllabics (where the length of the line is determined by the number of syllables, not metric feet—"impossible to hear, unless you're counting on your fingers").
Gunn's career, with its constant self-examination and renewal, its willingness to change even in the face of widespread praise, has required enormous dedication and even courage....
www.amherst.edu /~library/friends/newsletter/news27/form.html   (1011 words)

  
 Thom Gunn | MetaFilter
Along with Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes, Gunn became famous as a young poet in England in the 1950s as part of "The Movement," writing fine poems in rhyme and meter.
Gunn lived in my neighborhood, and was a dapper, subtle, sexy and hilariously witty man until the end.
Another aspect of Gunn's life that few people know about is that he was the primary writing mentor to the young Dr.
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 poetrymagazines.org.uk - Insensitivity a big +
Properly, Gunn makes the point that this is not the same thing as “violence”, but he does not go on to maintain that, in fact, it is this very coldness of attitude in poetry that is the only way in which “tenderness” can have either a meaning or a use.
Gunn’s third and fourth stanzas focus on the children, whose bewilderment coexists with practicality, so that “They who had been her treasures/ Knew to turn off the gas,/ Take the appropriate measures,/ Telephone the police”.
Gunn’s speakers in some of these poems thrive on various kinds of bare minimum, and in this respect at least they are at one with the poet’s more complicated kinds of economy.
www.poetrymagazines.org.uk /magazine/record.asp?id=11988   (1789 words)

  
 Collected Poems:Thom Gunn:0374126216:eCampus.com
In his (Collected Poems) Thom Gunn has assembled all the work he considers worthy from throughout his remarkable career.
Gunn's first book, Fighting Terms (1954), was quickly identified in The Cambridge Review as "one of the few volumes of post-war verse that all serious readers of poetry need to possess and study", and in the four decades since, he has come to be recognized as one of the finest poets writing in English.
His poetry is likewise a mixture of apparently discordant elements, and he has made a specialty of playing style against subject, dealing with the out-of-control through tightly controlled meters and with the systematized through open forms.
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 Review Thom Gunn - Computer Toaster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thom Gunn is definitely one of my favorite poets, and this book collects his work up to _The Man with Night Sweats_, which is one of the better poetry collections there are.
Gunn is a very uneven poet, and when he is bad, he is truly awful.
Thom Gunn's work has always been admirable, but with some exceptions the earlier poems I don't find the earlier poems quite satisfactory; there is too much posing, and perhaps too much talk about "energy", and a slight stiffness of versification, and these defects make the verse distinctly inferior...
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 A Poet's life / PART ONE: Reserved but raw, modest but gaudy, Thom Gunn covered an enormous amount of ground in his ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Gunn may have been born to write and create dazzling images with his carefully sculpted poems, but it was early trauma -- his mother's suicide when he was 15 -- that formed the crucible of his art and shaped his life and relationships.
And Thom said at one point she went to dinner and wore a brooch made of diamonds and rubies in the form of a hammer and sickle.
In 1944, when Thom was 15 and Ander 13, Charlotte Gunn took her life by inhaling fumes from a gas poker, a device that was used to light coal in the days before central heating..
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 San Francsico State University | The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Poet Thom Gunn was born and educated in England, but has lived in California since 1954, when he came to study poetry under Yvor Winters.
Thom Gunn reads "Skateboard," "An Image from the Stadium," "In Time of Plague," "Odysseus on Hermes-His Afterthought," "To a Friend in Time of Trouble," "To Isherwood Dying," "The Stealer," "The Hug," "Meat," "Patchwork," and "A Sketch of the Great Dejection." Frances Phillips introduces Gunn and David Ignatow, at Intersection for the Arts.
Thom Gunn moved to the United States from Great Britain in 1954 and was invited to give his first poetry reading in this country for The Poetry Center in 1958.
www.sfsu.edu /~poetry/catalog/g8.html   (344 words)

  
 STANFORD Magazine: March/April 2004 > Showcase
Gunn was already an established poet—but he happened also to be a gay poet living in San Francisco at the time the great disease swept over the population, taking its toll among his friends, at one point four deaths in one month.
Gunn retired in 1999 after 40 years teaching at Berkeley (where he relinquished tenure in the ’60s to be free to work on his own terms).
Gunn says Fried is “sexy and energetic and clever.” The 20-something Fried, who has only had an epistolary friendship with Gunn to date, praises the elder poet’s poems.
www.stanfordalumni.org /news/magazine/2004/marapr/show/gunn.html   (1172 words)

  
 Dana Gioia Online - Thom Gunn reviewed
Gunn’s particular genius has been to embody the human and artistic contradictions of his age.
Gunn is the prince of paradox, the quintessential San Franciscan who still holds a British passport, a Romantic entranced by classical control, an experimentalist who never renounced rhyme and meter, and anti-authoritarian populist with mandarin standards.
When Gunn, who will read his poems at the Herbst Theater this month, first came to the Bay Area in 1954, he was only twenty-five but had already published a celebrated book of poems.
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 The Austin Chronicle Books: Book Reviews
Gunn's assurance here, a perfect balance of modesty and confidence, is the kind of authority that doesn't need to wear a badge.
Gunn is one of the few poets willing to look with clear eyes at the overlap of desire and violence, to find the stirrings of love in the grimiest of street hustlers and the grimmest pulses of murder.
Gunn is not, thankfully, one of poetry's respectable elder statesmen, but its tough old tomcat, still gadding about the roofs and alleys.
www.austinchronicle.com /issues/dispatch/2000-06-16/books_vsbr.html   (1080 words)

  
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Certainly Gunn was interested in the superficiality of ‘cool’ but it was the formal, controlled and elegant (‘metaphysical’, apparently) way that he expressed his involvement with it that made him a genuinely ‘cool’ figure himself.
Gunn moved to San Francisco and became a trans-Atlantic writer, teaching at Berkeley University and more interesting for his differences to Larkin and Hughes than his similarities.
The development of Gunn’s theme was in a way, one big process- from the inward-looking, philosophical edginess of Fighting Terms and The Sense of Movement finding separateness and the definition of limits everywhere to an opening out in Touch and beyond where he celebrates a shared humanity and escapes the ‘patina of self’.
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 Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Moving voice
Gunn was born in Gravesend in August 1929.
Gunn had become aware he was gay during his teens, but did not have sex until Cambridge: "I didn't have sex with anybody while I was in the army.
He says Gunn had a "huge uncertainty" about what he was doing as he made the transition into free verse, and that the poems "didn't cohere" into a collection, but by the time Gunn wrote Moly (1971), "although it is not in free verse, it evidently benefited from the work he'd been doing.
books.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,12084,1049728,00.html   (3662 words)

  
 Thom Gunn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thom Gunn (born in 1929), who moved to California in 1958, settling two years later in San Francisco, where he remained till his death in April 2004, did not do so.
Thom Gunn enjoyed a renaissance in his later years, following his publication in 1992 of The Man with Night Sweats, a collection inspired by the deaths of friends from AIDS: this was greeted with great critical acclaim, not just (it is to be hoped) for the topicality of its subject matter.
Gunn is novel in using the motorcyclists as a source of metaphor.
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 Poetry reading packs Savery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Gunn read poems such as "Coffee Shop," inspired by a photograph of a couple embracing in a coffee shop that Gunn related to the characters in Rebel Without a Cause and "Night Taxi," about the life of a cab driver.
Gunn's pieces, some written in meter and others in free verse, seemed to move the audience.
Gunn last read at the UW 13 years ago when he recited some of his work in the same room, Savery 239.
archives.thedaily.washington.edu /1998/110998/N5.Gunn.html   (414 words)

  
 Threepenny: Lesser, Thom Gunn
Even if Thom had never written another word (and he was worried, sometimes, that he never would write another word), he would have remained one of the most important writers to me, and the fact that he is dead has not changed that feeling at all.
Thom had a habit, in his own library at home, of moving a poet's books from one side of the room to another when the poet died—he had different alphabetical or chronological categories for the dead and the living.
Thom wore his wildness on the outside and kept his planning pretty well hidden, so that only those of us who knew him over time could detect just how strong a tendency it was.
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 Prize-winning gay poet Thom Gunn dies -- Queer Lesbian Gay News -- Gay.com
Gunn's body was discovered Sunday night by his partner of 52 years, Mike Kitay, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Thom Gunn, a prolific, prize-winning poet whose work often addressed gay life and relationships, died in his sleep on Sunday at his home in San Francisco.
Gunn published more than 30 books of poetry in the United States and Britain, including "Boss Cupid" (2000), "Frontiers of Gossip" (1998), "Jack Straw's Castle" (1976), "To the Air" (1974), "Moly, and My Sad Captains" (1971) and "The Man with Night Sweats" (1992), for which he received the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
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 Thom Gunn   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thom Gunn is a poet known for his daring subject matter.
A poem of fond praise for the poet's mother's social savvy precedes one that graphically describes her suicide.
Take the way that form reflects content in "The Butcher's Son." Set in the wartime England of the poet's youth, the poem is about an English butcher who grieves because his son is presumed dead.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/books/00/10/12/THOM_GUNN.html   (395 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Books | Obituaries | Thom Gunn
During the early 1960s, Gunn worked on two extended projects: the long poem Misanthropos, completed in London in 1964-65, about a man who thinks himself the sole survivor of the ultimate global war; and a book-length sequence of free-verse captions to photographs by his brother Ander, published as Positives (1966).
By now, Gunn's earlier aggressive-defensive mode had given way to a more open, flexible stance; and he was in the right place at the right time - San Francisco in the late 1960s - to explore this openness.
In 1993, Gunn published a second collection of occasional essays, Shelf Life, and his substantial Collected Poems, which usefully reintegrated a number of previously fugitive pieces into the main body of his work.
books.guardian.co.uk /obituaries/story/0,11617,1204886,00.html   (814 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Books: Collected Poems   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Gunn's poems untwist the conundrum of knowing and transform it into wisdom--that which is beyond the self, beyond the mediating circumstance.
Gunn's poetry is characterised by a cool sense of intellectual detachment, and a penetratingly lucid ability to follow experience to its resolvable core.
Gunn's first five collections, represented in the first half of Collected Poems, gave little indication of his coming out as a gay man. The acid landscape of Moly, however, seems to have provided a space of psychological transition necessary for the poet to write more explicitly about his sexuality.
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 British-born poet Thom Gunn, known for mastery of form   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Thom Gunn, the prize-winning British-born poet who explored contemporary California counterculture in a variety of poetic forms, died Sunday night, his partner said.
Gunn, who graduated from Trinity College in Cambridge in 1953, was part of a group of British poets known as "The Movement" that included Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis and Donald Davie.
Gunn taught at the University of California, Berkeley from 1958 to 1966 and from 1973 to 1990, but gave up a tenured position because he couldn't stand attending department meetings.
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 Thom Gunn Biography / Biography of Thom Gunn Main Biography
Thom Gunn was born Thomas William Gunn in Gravesend, England.
Gunn traveled with his father, moving from town to town, and served in the British Army for two years, from 1948 to 1950.
Gunn published his first collection of poems, Fighting Terms, in 1954, the same year he began graduate study at Stanford University with poet Yvor Winters, who.....
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