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Lot 188
GUNN, THOM (1929-2004) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'TAMER AND HAWK'
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Lot Details
GUNN, THOM (1929-2004)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'TAMER AND HAWK', signed ('Thom Gunn'), 24 lines in four six-line stanzas, 1 page, folio, not dated

I thought I was so tough,
But gentled by your hands
Cannot be quick enough
To fly for you and show
That when I go I go
At your commands...

You but half-civilize,
Taming me in this way.
Though having only eyes
For you I fear to lose,
I lose to keep, and choose
Tamer as prey.

ONE OF GUNN'S BEST-KNOWN POEMS, 'Tamer and Hawk', from Fighting Terms, 1954, uses hawking as a metaphor for love. Also see lot 331.
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