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Thom Gunn
Thom Gunn (29 August 1929 - 25 April 2004) was an Anglo-American poet. He was born Thomson William Gunn in Gravesend, Kent. In his youth, he attended University College School in Hampstead, London. Later, he studied English literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduated in 1953, and published his first collection of verse, Fighting Terms, the following year. In 2004 he died in his sleep at his home in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, where he had lived since 1960. As a young man, his poetry was associated with The Movement, and later with the work of Ted Hughes. In 1954, he emigrated to the United States to teach writing at Stanford University and to remain close to his partner, Mike Kitay, whom he had met while at college. During the 1960s and 1970s, his verse grew bolder in its exploration of drugs, homosexuality, and poetic form.

the hug
It was your birthday, we had drunk and dined
Half of the night with our old friend
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