Touch: Poems by Thom Gunn
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London. Faber & Faber. 1967. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Near Fine, slight fading over time. 58pp.
'The Choice of the Poetry Book Society'
‘Misanthropos’ in this collection was performed on the B.B.C. Third Programme on 8 March 1965, ft. Alan Dobie and Julian Glover. Produced by Douglas Cleverdon.
future I had to keep on
––without love, without hope, but
Described by the Times as “one of the few really interesting poets of his generation,” Thom Gunn’s poetry is “brave with separation”––with the attention of an artist’s eye that can’t stop looking, metabolizing, rewriting himself in the world. His poems drift between a confessional and exacting tone, a determination to get it right. Gunn’s deliberate impulse engenders each poem’s intuitive free verse to hold, his scraps of narrative and memory coloring the existential, mortal question at the heart of any poem––that perceptive deal struck between perception and precision, through which a poem might trace some contour of meaning from the gathered experience of life.