Thom Gunn Quotes

the slow passion to that deliberate progress.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. Considering the Snail (l. 17-18). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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He moves in a wood of desire, pale antlers barely stirring as he hunts. I cannot tell what power is at work, drenched there with purpose, knowing nothing.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. Considering the Snail (l. 5-10). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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Distorting hackneyed words in hackneyed songs He turns revolt into a style, prolongs The impulse to a habit of the time.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), British poet. Elvis Presley, The Sense of Movement (1957). The poem gave George Melly the title for his study of the pop arts in Britain, Revolt into Style (1970).
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O wily painter, limiting the scene From a cacophony of dusty forms To the one convulsion,
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. In Santa Maria del Popolo (l. 13-15). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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The painter saw what was, an alternate Candor and secrecy inside the skin.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. In Santa Maria del Popolo (l. 19-20). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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My thoughts are crowded with death and it draws so oddly on the sexual that I am confused confused to be attracted by, in effect, my own annihilation.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), British poet. "In Time Of Plague," The Man With Night Sweats (1992).
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From this fat dungeon I could rise to skin And human title, putting pig within.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. Moly (l. 25-26). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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These seem like bristles, and the hide is tough. No claw or web here: each foot ends in hoof.
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. Moly (l. 9-10). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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Direct me gods, whose changes are all holy, To where it flickers deep in grass, the moly:
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. Moly (l. 21-22). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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One by one they appear in the darkness: a few friends, and a few with historical names. How late they start to shine! but before they fade they stand perfectly embodied,
Thom Gunn (b. 1929), Anglo-American poet. My Sad Captains (l. 1-6). . . Collected Poems [Thom Gunn]. (1994) Faber and Faber.
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