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Boss Cupid

Boss Cupid( )
Author: Gunn, Thom
ISBN:978-0-374-11557-9
Publication Date:Apr 2000
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $22.00
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A Great Poet's Freshest, Most Provocative Book Cadets and skinheads, city boys, young Spartans Wait poised like ballet-dancers in the wings To join the balance of the corps in dances Passion has planned. They that have power, or seem to, They that have power to hurt, they are the constructs Of their own longing, born on the edge of sleep, Imperfectly understood. --from "A Wood near Athens" This is the twelfth book of poems--the first sinceThe Man with Night Sweats--by the...
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Book Details
Pages:128
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 0.7 Inches
Book Weight:6.4 Pounds
Author Biography
Gunn, Thom (Author)
Both literally and figuratively, Thom Gunn may have traveled the farthest of any of the original Movement poets of the 1950s in Britain. Born in Gravesend, he moved often as a child because his journalist father frequently worked for different newspapers. After two years in the British army and some months in Paris, he enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1953. He then went to the United States for graduate study at Stanford University and an assistant professorship from 1958 to 1966 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Gunn's literal journeys mirror psychological ones reflected in his poetry. Influenced by French existentialist thought, he first came to public attention as a skilled craftsman of anguished lyrics in traditional forms. Moving to California, he experimented with the drug LSD and a looser artistic structure, which he used to present often violent subjects (such as motorcycle gangs). Correspondingly, Gunn's erotic verse changed from the early heterosexual lyrics to a frank portrayal of homosexual love. Although he claims to be an atheist, Gunn often conveys a passionate, nearly mystical, identification with the world of nature. The title poem of his important volume Moly (1971) shows his understandable fascination with the theme of metamorphosis.

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