Breakfast with Thom Gunn

Breakfast with Thom Gunn

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Author(s): Randall Mann

AubadeThose who lack a talent for love have cometo walk the long Pier . Here at the endof the imagined world are three low-flying gulls like lies on the surface; the slow redof a pilot#`s boat; the groanof a fisherman hacking a small shark# and and our speech like the icy water, a poortranslation that will not carry us across.What brought us west, anyway? A hunger. But ours is no Donner Party, we who feedonly on scenery, the safest form of obfuscation: see how the bay is a gray deepening into gray, the color of heartbreak. Randall Mann#`s Breakfast with Thom Gunn is a work both direct and unsettling. Haunted by the afterlife of Thom Gunn (#-), one of the most beloved gay literary icons of the twentieth century, the poems are moored in Florida and California, but the backdrop is #pitiless,# the trees #thin and bloodless,# the words #like the icy water# of the San Francisco Bay. Mann, fiercely intelligent, open yet elusive, draws on the #graceful erosion# of both landscape and the body, on the beauty that lies in unbeauty. With audacity, anxiety, and unbridled desire, this gifted lyric poet grapples with dilemmas of the gay self embroiled in# and and aroused by# and a glittering, unforgiving subculture. Breakfast with Thom Gunn is at once formal and free, forging a sublime integrity in the fire of wit, intensity, and betrayal. Praise for Complaint in the Garden #We have before us a skillful, witty, passionate young poet. . . . Randall Mann is both attuned to and at odds with the natural world; he articulates the passions and predicaments of a self inside a massive, arousing, but sometimes brutal culture. And he accomplishes these things with buoyant lyric sensibilities and rejuvenating skills.## and Kenyon Review

Collection: DC-Poetry,

ISBN: 9780226503448

Paperback / softback

80 pages


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