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A great poet's freshest, most provocative book."He dreams at the center of a closed system, ""Like the prison system, or a system of love, ""Where folktale, recipe, and household custom""Refer back to the maze that they are of."--from "A System: PCP, or Angel Dust" Taste and appetite are contraposed in "Boss Cupid," the twelfth book of poems by the quintessential San Francisco poet, who is also the quintessential craftsman and quintessentially a love poet, though not of quintessential love.Variations on how we are ruled by our desires, these poems make a startling and eloquent gloss on wanton want, moving freely from the story of King David and Bathsheba to Arthur Rimbaud's diet to the tastes of Jeffrey Dahmer. As warm and intelligent as it is ribald and cunning, this collection of Thom Gunn's is his richest yet.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374527716
ISBN-10: 0374527717
Format: Paperback / softback
(209mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 9-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Thom Gunn

Thom Gunn, born in 1929, has received many awards, most recently a Lila Acheson Wallace/Reader's Digest Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship. His works include "The Man with Night Sweats" and "Collected Poems."

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Selected Poems of Fulke Greville by Thom Gunn

Selected Poems of Fulke Greville

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Selected Poems by Thom Gunn

Selected Poems

Paperback / softback, March 2009
Man with Night Sweats by Thom Gunn

The Man with Night Sweats

Paperback / softback, April 2007
Thom Gunn by Thom Gunn

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Paperback, April 2007