I haven't written anything in four years. I'm sort of dried up.
More Quotes from Thom Gunn:When I was an undergraduate I had very badly annotated editions of Shakespeare's sonnets, all of which left out the important fact that will has a sexual sense in Shakespeare's sonnets.
When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer, but I didn't write about it. Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by the editors I sent them to.
When I first started teaching at Berkeley in 1958, I could not announce that I was gay to anybody, though probably quite a few of my fellow teachers knew.
Ginsberg's Collected Poems contains a wonderful poem about making it with Neal Cassady.
I don't know how to sit outside myself and test against a hypothetical self who stayed home.
I notice that students, particularly for gay students, it's too easy to write about my last trick or something. It's not very interesting to the reader.
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To forgive and to be forgiven are the two points of holy magnificence and holy modesty; round these two centres the whole doctrine of largesse revolves.
Oh, I just wish someone would try to hurt you so I could kill them for you.