One of the finest poets in English, Thom Gunn, has died.
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. But then he fell in love with an American soldier, Mike Kitay, and followed him to San Francisco, where he crafted one of the most daringly original voices in the 20th century, handling taboo subjects like LSD, orgiastic sex, and his 50-year relationship with Kitay
with the precision of a diamond cutter. Gunn lived in my neighborhood, and was a dapper, subtle, sexy and hilariously witty man until the end. Ten years ago, when I asked him what music he was listening to he replied, "Oh, Nirvana and Social Distortion. I'm a flighty teenager that way."
posted by digaman
on Apr 28, 2004 -