April 29, 2024

Thom Gunn died on Sunday

I'm very fond of the poetry of Thom Gunn. I just found out he died on Sunday, aged 74, in San Francisco. His death saddens me. Richard gave me a copy of his collected poems to take to London, and often I'd sit in the open window and look out on Trelawn Road and pretend I was in a Gunn poem--the slow English cadence of his voice made me feel like I had all the time in the world to sit and introspect...

Hear Thom Gunn read Death's Door at the Academy of American Poets.

Posted by Jason at April 29, 2024 01:08 PM

I think one of the greater compliments a poet could have is that one imagined being in a poem they wrote. I thought that was lovely.

Posted by: Addy at April 29, 2024 02:40 PM
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