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Dear Thom Gunn Fan,

For nearly a quarter of a century, until his untimely death in 2004, Thom was closely associated with The Threepenny Review. He was a consulting editor in its earliest years, he recommended fellow-poets to its pages, and he gave us the best of his own writing—wonderful poems, of course, and also marvelous nonfiction essays.

We still have copies of all 44 back issues in which his work appeared, and you can order them through The Threepenny Review website. Among the items we have available are:

“Duncan,” a poem contained in our Spring 1989 issue.

“A Sketch of the Great Dejection,” a poem contained in our Fall 1986 issue.

“Playing Politics with Poetry,” an essay on exactly that, contained in one of our very earliest issues, Summer 1981.

To see a complete list of his work in our pages, please click on the Threepenny Search Form and type "Thom Gunn" into the author line. The resulting list will also tell you the price of each back issue. We also have a number of copies of his books (author copies that he owned at the time of his death, and that were given to us by his longtime companion, Mike Kitay), and these too are listed for sale on our Search Form. And, finally, we have a few copies of a beautiful fine-press broadside that he—along with Louise Glück and Robert Hass—allowed us to print and sell for a special occasion.

No one, of course, can ever replace Thom Gunn. But there are new young poets coming up all the time, some of them encouraged by his example, some of them people whose work he would have loved. We seek out and publish those writers in Threepenny. So if you want to find a continuation of the Thom Gunn tradition in poetry, subscribe to The Threepenny Review for a mere $25. When you do, we'll even give you an extra issue for free!

With all best wishes,

Wendy Lesser
Editor of The Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review, P.O. Box 9131, Berkeley, CA 94709
Telephone: (510) 849-4545


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