The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 (Main)

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The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 (Main)

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'He gives us more than himself or 'a world'; he gives us a sense of infinity embodied in the language.' Alongside Joseph Brodsky's words of praise one might mention the more concrete honours that the renowned poet Derek Walcott has received: a MacArthur Fellowship; the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; the Nobel Prize in Literature.The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like 'In My Eighteenth Year,' published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse, like 'A Far Cry from Africa,' which speaks of violence, of loyalties divided in one's very blood; his mature work, like 'The Schooner Flight' from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces, like the tender 'Sixty Years After,' from the 2010 collection White Egrets.Across sixty-five years, Walcott has grappled with the themes that have defined his work as they have defined his life: the unsolvable riddle of identity; the painful legacy of colonialism on his native Caribbean island of St. Lucia; the mysteries of faith and love and the natural world; the Western canon, celebrated and problematic; the trauma of growing old, of losing friends, family, one's own memory. This collection, selected by Walcott's friend the English poet Glyn Maxwell, will prove as enduring as the questions, the passions, that have driven Walcott to write for more than half a century.

Table of Contents

From 25 Poems (1949)
The Fishermen Rowing Homeward... 3 (1)
In My Eighteenth Year 4 (1)
Private Journal 5 (1)
Letter to a Painter in England 6 (2)
A City's Death by Fire 8 (1)
As John to Patmos 9 (1)
I with Legs Crossed Along the Daylight 10 (3)
Watch
From Epitaph for the Young: XII Cantos
(1949)
Canto II 13 (6)
From Poems (1957)
The Dormitory 19 (1)
To Nigel 20 (1)
Hart Crane 21 (1)
The Sisters of Saint Joseph 22 (1)
Kingston---Nocturne 23 (4)
From in a Green Night (1948--60)
A Far Cry from Africa 27 (2)
Ruins of a Great House 29 (2)
Tales of the Islands 31 (6)
Return to Dennery, Rain 37 (3)
Pocomania 40 (2)
Parang 42 (1)
A Careful Passion 43 (2)
A Letter from Brooklyn 45 (2)
Brise Marine 47 (1)
Anadyomene 48 (1)
A Sea-Chantey 49 (3)
In a Green Night 52 (2)
Islands 54 (3)
From the Castaway (1965)
The Castaway 57 (2)
The Swamp 59 (2)
A Village Life 61 (3)
A Tropical Bestiary 64 (5)
Goats and Monkeys 69 (2)
Veranda 71 (2)
Nights in the Gardens of Port of Spain 73 (1)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 74 (1)
Crusoe's Journal 75 (3)
Crusoe's Island 78 (1)
Codicil 78 (9)
From the Gulf (1969)
The Corn Goddess 87 (1)
from Metamorphoses: Moon 88 (1)
Junta 89 (2)
Mass Man 91 (1)
Miramar 92 (1)
Exile 93 (3)
The Train 96 (1)
Homage to Edward Thomas 97 (1)
The Gulf 98 (4)
Elegy 102(2)
Blues 104(2)
Air 106(2)
Che 108(1)
Negatives 109(1)
Homecoming: Anse La Raye 110(2)
The Cell 112(1)
Star 113(1)
Love in the Valley 114(2)
The Walk 116(1)
Hic Jacet 117(4)
From Another Life (1973)
From Book I The Divided Child: 1, 2, 3, 121(30)
4, 5
From Book II Homage to Gregorias: 8 151(7)
From Book III A Simple Flame: 14, 15 158(12)
From Book IV The Estranging Sea: 20, 21, 170(27)
22, 23
From Sea Grapes (1976)
Sea Grapes 197(1)
Adam's Song 198(1)
Party Night at the Hilton 199(1)
The Lost Federation 200(2)
Parades, Parades 202(2)
Dread Song 204(3)
Names 207(4)
Sainte Lucie 211(13)
Ohio, Winter 224(1)
The Chelsea 225(2)
Love After Love 227(1)
Dark August 228(1)
The Harvest 229(1)
Midsummer, Tobago 230(1)
To Return to the Trees 231(6)
From the Star--Apple Kingdom (1979)
The Schooner Flight 237(16)
The Sea Is History 253(4)
Egypt, Tobago 257(4)
R.T.S.L. 261(2)
Forest of Europe 263(3)
Koenig of the River 266(4)
The Star-Apple Kingdom 270(15)
From The Fortunate Traveller (1982)
Old New England 285(2)
North and South 287(5)
Map of the New World 292(2)
Roman Outposts 294(1)
Greece 295(2)
The Man Who Loved Islands 297(3)
Jean Rhys 300(3)
The Spoiler's Return 303(6)
The Hotel Normandie Pool 309(7)
Easter 316(3)
The Fortunate Traveller 319(8)
The Season of Phantasmal Peace 327(4)
From Midsummer (1984)
I “r;The jet bores like a 331(1)
silverfish through volumes of
cloud---”r;
II “r;Companion in Rome, whom Rome 332(1)
makes as old as Rome”r;
III “r;At the Queen's Park Hotel, 333(1)
with its white, high-ceilinged
rooms”r;
IV “r;This Spanish port, piratical 334(1)
in diverseness”r;
V “r;The hemispheres lie sweating, 335(1)
flesh to flesh”r;
VI “r;Midsummer stretches beside me 336(1)
with its cat's yawn”r;
VII “r;Our houses are one step from 337(1)
the gutter. Plastic curtains”r;
XIIII “r;Today I respect structure, 338(1)
the antithesis of conceit”r;
XIV “r;With the frenzy of an old 339(1)
snake shedding its skin”r;
XV “r;I can sense it coming from 340(1)
far, too, Maman, the tide”r;
XVI “r;So what shall we do for the 341(1)
dead, to whose conch-bordered”r;
XVII “r;I pause to hear a racketing 342(1)
triumph of cicadas”r;
XIX (Gauguin I and II) “r;On the 343(2)
quays of Papeete, the dawdling
white-ducked colonists”r;
XXI “r;A long, white, summer cloud, 345(1)
like a cleared linen table”r;
XXII “r;Rest, Christ! from tireless 346(1)
war. See, it's midsummer”r;
XXIII “r;With the stampeding hiss 347(1)
and scurry of green lemmings”r;
XXVIII “r;Something primal in our 348(1)
spine makes the child swing”r;
XXIX “r;Perhaps if I'd nurtured 349(1)
some divine disease”r;
XXX “r;Gold dung and ruinous straw 350(1)
from the horse garages”r;
XXXI “r;Along Cape Cod, salt 351(1)
crannies of white harbors”r;
XXXIV “r;Thalassa! Thalassa! The 352(1)
thud of that echoing blue”r;
XXXV “r;Mud. Clods. The sucking 353(1)
heel of the rain-flinger”r;
XXXVI “r;The oak inns creak in 354(1)
their joints as light declines”r;
XXXVIII “r;Autumn's music grates. 355(1)
From tuning forks of branches”r;
XLI “r;The camps hold their 356(1)
distance---brown chestnuts and gray
smoke”r;
XLII “r;Chicago's avenues, as white 357(1)
as Poland”r;
XLVIII “r;Raw ochre sea cliffs in 358(1)
the slanting afternoon”r;
L “r;I once gave my daughters, 359(1)
separately, two conch shells”r;
LI “r;Since all of your work was 360(1)
really an effort to appease”r;
LII “r;I heard them marching the 361(1)
leaf-wet roads of my head”r;
LIV “r;The midsummer sea, the hot 362(3)
pitch road, this grass, these shacks that
made me”r;
From the Arkansas Testament (1987)
Cul de Sac Valley 365(7)
The Three Musicians 372(5)
Saint Lucia's First Communion 377(1)
Gros-Ilet 378(2)
White Magic 380(2)
The Light of the World 382(4)
Oceano Nox 386(4)
To Norline 390(1)
Winter Lamps 391(5)
For Adrian 396(2)
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen: Part II 398(2)
The Arkansas Testament 400(17)
From The Bounty (1997)
The Bounty 417(44)
2 Signs 427(3)
5 Parang 430(3)
6 “r;It depends on how you look 433(1)
at the cream church on the
cliff”r;
8 Homecoming 434(3)
10 “r;New creatures ease from 437(1)
earth, nostrils nibbling air”r;
16 Spain 438(3)
21 Six Fictions 441(5)
22 “r;I am considering a syntax 446(1)
the color of slate”r;
23 “r;I saw stones that shone 447(1)
with stoniness, I saw thorns”r;
26 “r;The sublime always begins 448(1)
with the chord `And then I saw'”r;
28 “r;Awakening to gratitude in 449(1)
this generous Eden”r;
30 “r;The sea should have settled 450(1)
him, but its noise is no help”r;
31 Italian Eclogues 451(5)
32 “r;She returns to her role as 456(1)
a seagull. The wind”r;
34 “r;At the end of this line 457(1)
there is an opening door”r;
37 “r;After the plague, the 458(3)
city-wall caked with flies, the smoke's
amnesia”r;
From Tiepolo's Hound (2000)
I “r;They stroll on Sundays down 461(7)
Donningens Street”r;
II “r;What should be true of the 468(7)
remembered life”r;
III “r;Flattered by any masterful 475(6)
representation”r;
XX “r;Over the years the feast's 481(6)
details grew fainter”r;
XXI “r;Blessed Mary of the 487(6)
Derelicts. The church in Venice”r;
XXII “r;One dawn I woke up to the 493(6)
gradual terror”r;
XXIII “r;Teaching in St. Thomas, I 499(10)
had never sought it out”r;
From the Prodigal (2004)
1 “r;In autumn, on the train to 509(6)
Pennsylvania”r;
2 “r;Chasms and fissures of the 515(7)
vertiginous Alps”r;
3 “r;Blessed are the small farms 522(6)
conjugating Horace”r;
4 “r;O Genoan, I come as the last 528(6)
line of where you began”r;
9 “r;I lay on the bed near the 534(6)
balcony in Guadalajara”r;
11 “r;The dialect of the scrub in 540(4)
the dry season”r;
12 “r;Prodigal, what were your 544(4)
wanderings about?”r;
18 “r;Grass, bleached to straw on 548(7)
the precipices of Les Cayes”r;
From White Egrets (2010)
1 “r;The chessmen are as rigid on 555(1)
their chessboard”r;
2 “r;Your two cats squat, heraldic 556(1)
sphinxes, with such”r;
3 “r;This was my early war, the 557(1)
bellowing quarrels”r;
4 White Egrets 558(5)
5 The Acacia Trees 563(2)
6 “r;August, the quarter-moon 565(1)
dangles like a bugle”r;
7 “r;It's what others do, not us, 566(1)
die, even the closest”r;
8 Sicilian Suite 567(7)
10 In Italy 574(8)
12 The Lost Empire 582(2)
13 The Specter of Empire 584(3)
14 Pastoral 587(1)
15 A London Afternoon 588(2)
21 A Sea-Change 590(1)
23 “r;What? You're going to be 591(1)
Superman at seventy-seven?”r;
24 “r;The sorrel rump of a mare in 592(1)
the bush”r;
27 Sixty Years After 593(1)
30 “r;All day I wish I was at 594(1)
Case-en-Bas”r;
32 “r;Be happy now at Cap, for the 595(1)
simplest joys---”r;
33 In Amsterdam 596(2)
39 “r;For the crackle and hiss of 598(1)
the word `August'”r;
43 Forty Acres 599(1)
44 “r;`So the world is waiting for 600(1)
Obama,' my barber said”r;
45 “r;In the leathery closeness of 601(1)
the car through canefields”r;
46 “r;Here's what that bastard 602(1)
calls `the emptiness'---”r;
47 Epithalamium: The Rainy Season 603(1)
50 Barcelona 604(1)
52 Elegy 605(1)
54 “r;This page is a cloud between 606(1)
whose fraying edges”r;
Index of Titles and First Lines 607