Here at Last is Love: Selected Poems of Dunstan Thompson by Dunstan Thompson,Gregory Wolfe

By Dunstan Thompson,Gregory Wolfe

Dunstan Thompson was once an American poet of serious promise who burst onto the Anglo-American literary scene in the course of international warfare II. within the phrases of 1 modern, Thompson used to be one of many emerging "stars of contemporary poetry," a author who may possibly at some point sign up for the pantheon of poets like Hart Crane, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Dylan Thomas.

And but Thompson kind of disappeared from public view by way of the early Nineteen Fifties. After publishing volumes of poetry, a trip publication, and a unique, Thompson had just a couple of scattered journal courses until eventually his loss of life. A posthumous quantity was once privately revealed in England, however the flow was once small.

Here finally is Love: chosen Poems is the definitive, licensed number of Thompson's most sensible paintings, revealing to a much wider public the literary imaginative and prescient of a "lost master." The advent via editor Gregory Wolfe bargains the 1st prolonged narrative in print touching on Thompson's advanced own tale. The afterword by means of exceptional poet and critic Dana Gioia offers a thorough--and just--assessment of his poetic fulfillment.

Thompson's early poetry was once not just technically cutting edge, yet saturated with the language and the drama of homosexual adventure in the course of international conflict II. but quite a few years after the conflict, Thompson lower back to the Catholic religion of his early life, merely to discover that his new poetic voice used to be out of sync with the days.

In spite of the problems he confronted in his later years, Thompson didn't hand over writing poetry, carrying on with to supply caliber paintings. After his reconversion, the poetry shifted in tone and shape from a lush romanticism to an urbane classicism. The later paintings covers quite a lot of topics, from reviews of old figures to devotional lyrics.

This quantity won't in simple terms fan the flames of the talk approximately Thompson's sexual and spiritual passions, but in addition support entire the heritage of twentieth-century Anglo-American poetry, ultimately making his paintings on hand to students and fanatics of poetry everywhere.

"Dunstan Thompson is an immortal diamond too lengthy misplaced to poetry readers. listed below are poems that exhibit the workings of a fancy interiority in contact with history's quirks, the realm at conflict, own relationships, and struggles of the human heart."
--Jerry Harp, writer of ,Creature, Gatherings, and Urban flora, Concrete Plains

"This outstanding quantity may still complicate efforts to make a conversion narrative out of Thompson's poetry. Theological and erotic 'loneliness' within the early paintings are inextricable from and additional enriched through an excellent sensibility pertaining to conflict. What may perhaps belong extra to Catholic culture than poetry that joins contemplation, eroticism, and actual suffering?"
--Martha Serpas, writer of The Diener and The soiled aspect of the Storm

Dunstan Thompson (1918-75) used to be a Harvard-educated poet and writer who was once thought of a emerging megastar within the Anglo-American literary scene in the course of international conflict II after the ebook of 2 seriously acclaimed collections. presently thereafter he disappeared from public lifestyles, to the shock of many admirers. Now, 40 years after his demise, the e-book of his chosen poems unearths a deep internal clash approximately his Catholic and homosexual identities that resulted in a private situation after the battle. the subsequent section of Thompson's occupation came about out of public view, partly as the adjustments in his poetic sort and material have been out of step with the models of the time. This quantity allows for readers and critics to acknowledge Thompson's position within the annals of twentieth-century literature.

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