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Thom Gunn's The Man with Night Sweats makes space for vulnerability while discussing love, grief ⁠— and loss
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Thom Gunn's The Man with Night Sweats makes space for vulnerability while discussing love, grief ⁠— and loss

The Man with Night Sweats by Thom Gunn is often described as a book about the AIDS epidemic, which is quite reductive; it is about friendship, love, death, loss, grief, memories, and so much more. In his poems, there is no pandering to a vicarious heteronormative gaze, but rather a celebration of of seeing, feeling and devouring each other.