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A Great Poet's Freshest, Most Provocative Book
"Cadets and skinheads, city boys, young Spartans"
"Wait poised like ballet-dancers in the wings"
"To join the balance of the corps in dances"
"Passion has planned. They that have power, or seem to, "
"They that have power to hurt, they are the constructs"
"Of their own longing, born on the edge of sleep, "
--from ""A Wood near Athens""
This is the twelfth book of poems--the first since "The Man with Night Sweats"--by the quintessential San Francisco poet, who is also the quintessential contemporary formalist and quintessentially a love poet, though not of quintessential love.
These poems--essentially variations on how we are ruled by our desires--make a startlingly 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 new collection of Thom Gunn's is his richest yet.
Title: Boss Cupid: Poems
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux: April 2000
ISBN Number: 0374115575
ISBN Number 13: 9780374115579
Book Condition: Used - Very Good
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Item: 10.10 Item
Seller ID: 20100507102628
Description: Book is clean and tight. Has minor shelf wear. We pu tracking on every shipment.