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Ranging from classical forms to looser more colloquial measures, this collection of poems addresses a daunting range of themes, both intimate and social. The book ends with a sequence of poems about the deaths of the poet's friends from AIDS.
Thom Gunn was born in Gravesend, Kent in 1929. After National Service and a short time living in Paris, he enrolled at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read English. He published his first book of poems, Fighting Terms, while he was still an undergraduate. In 1954 he moved to San Francisco and held a one-year Fellowship at Stanford University. He published over thirty books of poetry, including The Man with Night Sweats, which won the Forward Prize for Poetry in 1992, and Boss Cupid (2000). Thom Gunn died in 2004.
Winner of Forward Poetry Prize 1994 and Forward Poetry Prize: Best Collection 1992.