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by Randall Mann

Author: Randall Mann
Subcategory: Poetry
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press (April 1, 2009)
Pages: 80 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.7
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Randall Mann’s second collection of poetry, Breakfast with Thom Gunn-aptly titled for its poetic .

Randall Mann’s second collection of poetry, Breakfast with Thom Gunn-aptly titled for its poetic inheritance of metrical clarity and its address of gay subculture-also uses moments of real social incident, transforming private history into odes to the afflicted. In this work, the many contradictions of desire touch the reader: politics, beauty, God, disease, love, art-all the world’s addictions-and it achieves an entertainment that is satisfying when harsh. I bought this slim volume of poems because the title BREAKFAST WITH THOM GUNN got my attention since I am a fan of Mr. Gunn and wondered what Mr. Mann had in mind with that title.

Breakfast with Thom Gunn book. Breakfast with Thom Gunn (Phoenix Poets Series). 0226503445 (ISBN13: 9780226503448). Randall Mann’s Breakfast with Thom Gunn is a work both direct and unsettling.

Randall Mann’s Breakfast with Thom Gunn is a work both direct and .

Randall Mann’s Breakfast with Thom Gunn is a work both direct and unsettling. With audacity, anxiety, and unbridled desire, this gifted lyric poet grapples with dilemmas of the gay self embroiled in-and aroused by-a glittering, unforgiving subculture. Breakfast with Thom Gunnis at once formal and free, forging a sublime integrity in the fire of wit, intensity, and betrayal.

Aubade Those who lack a talent for love have come to walk the long Pier 7. Here at the end of the imagined world are three low-flying gulls like lies on the surface; the slow red of a pilot's boat; the groan of a fisherman hacking a small shark- and our speech like the icy water, a poor translation.

Randall Mann (Provo, Utah). walking to the N, I gush about his books; he gives his change to men who've lost their homes and looks: how like him, I've been told. Our day together done, I hug him in the cold. And then the train is gone. Poems by Randall Mann : 7, 30. prev. Kelly Kurt (4/16/2015 12:01:00 PM). A touching poem, Randall.

More About this Poet.

Thomson William "Thom" Gunn (29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004), was an English poet who was praised for his early verses in England, where he was associated with The Movement and his later poetry in America.

Thomson William "Thom" Gunn (29 August 1929 – 25 April 2004), was an English poet who was praised for his early verses in England, where he was associated with The Movement and his later poetry in America, even after moving toward a looser, free-verse style. After relocating from England to San Francisco, Gunn wrote about gay-related topics-particularly in his most famous work, The Man With Night Sweats in 1992-as well as drug use, sex and his bohemian lifestyle

Randall Mann's "Breakfast with Thom Gunn" is a work both direct and unsettling.

Randall Mann's "Breakfast with Thom Gunn" is a work both direct and unsettling. Haunted by the afterlife of Thom Gunn (1929-2004), 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.

Aubade

Those who lack a talent for love have come

to walk the long Pier 7. Here at the end

of the imagined world are three low-flying gulls

like lies on the surface; the slow red

of a pilot’s boat; the groan

of a fisherman hacking a small shark—

and our speech like the icy water, a poor

translation that will not carry us across.

What brought us west, anyway? A hunger.

But ours is no Donner Party, we who feed

only 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 (1929–2004), 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 aroused by—a glittering, unforgiving subculture. Breakfast with Thom Gunnis 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.”—Kenyon Review