By Joshua Weiner
Maverick homosexual poetic icon Thom Gunn (1929–2004) and his physique of labor have lengthy dared the British and American poetry establishments either to claim or disavow him. To critics within the united kingdom and US alike, Gunn verified that formal poetry may well effectively comprise new speech rhythms and open varieties and that experimental types may possibly nonetheless retain technical and highbrow rigor. alongside the best way, Gunn’s verse captured the social upheavals of the Nineteen Sixties, the existential chances of the past due 20th century, and the tumult of post-Stonewall homosexual culture.
The first book-length learn of this significant poet, At the Barriers surveys Gunn’s profession from his formative years in Thirties Britain to his ultimate years in California, from his earliest courses to his later unpublished notebooks, bringing jointly one of the most very important poet-critics from either side of the Atlantic to evaluate his oeuvre. This landmark quantity lines how Gunn, in either his lifestyles and his writings, driven at obstacles of alternative forms, be they geographic, sexual, or poetic. At the Barriers will solidify Gunn’s rightful position within the pantheon of Anglo-American letters.
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