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Boss Cupid (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 06/03/2000
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In some respects a sequel to The Man With Night Sweats, Boss Cupid is a memorialising of friends who have died, an anatomy of survival, and a self-portrait of the poet in age. The poems are written under the sign of Cupid, 'devious master of our bodies', but their intimacies are always heard against the sociable human hum of an entire community which Gunn depicts in poems of fluent grace, as formal as they are relaxed.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571202980
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Imagine an Auden less reticent . . . Almost all of Gunn's virtues are on display here: his playful metrical dexterity, his unflinching celebration of both beauty and its transience."--Paul Gray, "Time"
"Passion in all its obsessive gnarly complexity [serves as] the dominant motif in "Boss Cupid" . . . But in the end, Gunn's great lyric versatility, his edgy wit, and his mastery as a portraitist [underscore] 'the intellect as the powerhouse of love'--and of Gunn's poetics. He is at once the most visceral and cerebral of poets, delineating desire and its fallout with an objective precision."--Carol Moldaw, "The Antioch Review"
"[He has] a formal expertise as polished and apparently effortless as any in contemporary poetry . . . Gunn can choose his form and can fashion, within its enabling limits, breathtaking sweeps through a wide range of fraught feeling."--Michael Thurston, "The Yale Review"

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