Summer 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 3 Poetry |

Breakfast with Thom Gunn

in memory, 1929-2004 We choose a cheap hotelbecause they're serving drinks.We drink. I hear him tella tale or two: He thinks that so-and-so's a sleaze;and then there was the timethat Milosz phoned, oh please.Another gin with lime? I want to say that once,I saw him dressed in leather,leaning on a fenceinside a bar. Rather, walking to the N,I gush about his books;he gives his change to menwho'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.

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Randall Mann is the author of Breakfast with Thom Gunn (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and Complaint in the Garden (Orchises, 2004), winner of the 2003 Kenyon Review Prize; and coauthor of the textbook Writing Poems (Pearson Longman, 2007). He lives in San Francisco.

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