Dunstan Thompson: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master
Nonfiction. Poetry. LGBT Studies. Literary Criticism.
In the 1940s, Dunstan Thompson, a gay WWII veteran, was a darling of the Modernist poetry communities in New York and London and widely considered one of the most talented poets of his generation. In 1950, he all but disappeared. This book (which includes his poems and essays by various criticsamong them Katie Ford, Dan
Gay scholar and poet David Bergman called him the gayest poet of World War II, and National Endowment for the Arts chief Dana Gioia called him the best Catholic poet of the latter half of the 20th Century. This is Dunstan Thompson...
-What Became of Dunstan Thompson?, Edward Field.
I'll be honest - I had never heard of Dunstan Thompson, which is surprising because I've read and enjoyed a good chunk of the Modernist poets, and through them discovered my beloved Hilda Doolittle. But none of them tol...more
We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but just look at the pillow-lipped, sleepy-eyed poet gazing out from a soft-focus 1940s sepiatone on Dustan Thompson: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master and your hunch is bound to be right. What’s inside is just as out of the ordinary as it looks: quirky, rarefied, romantic, and unabashedly epicene.
For this first offering in Pleiades Press’s Unsung Masters Series, esteemed poet-editors D.A. Powell and Kevin Prufer have unearthed a rare gem...more
Instead, Thompson wants to be remembered by the poems he wrote from 1950 to 197...more
A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Powell lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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