[Blackstudies-l] DEREK WALCOTT IN THE NEW YORKER

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lisaparavisini posted: " The Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who
has died at the age of eighty-seven, has been publishing poems in the
magazine since 1971. An article by Joshua Rothman for The New Yorker. Derek
Walcott, whose poetry about the landscapes, cultures, and h"
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The Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, who has died at the age of
eighty-seven, has been publishing poems in the magazine since 1971. An
article by Joshua Rothman for *The New Yorker*.
<http://www.newyorker.com/books/double-take/derek-walcott-in-the-new-yorker>

Derek Walcott
<http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/derek-walcott-a-mighty-poet-has-died>,
whose poetry about the landscapes, cultures, and history of the Caribbean
earned him the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, died this morning, at the
age of eighty-seven, in his home on St. Lucia. Walcott was a singular
figure: “Working in an English verse tradition and writing about everyday
life in the Caribbean,” Hilton Als wrote, in his 2004 Profile
<http://www.newyorker.com/books/double-take/%E2%80%9D%20Hilton%20Als%20wrote,%20in%20his%202004%20Profile%20of%20the%20poet>
of Walcott, he “documented life in a place most Americans think of in terms
of sunblock and steel drums . . . . Walcott’s work revels in the history,
the mores, and the differences of a people generally misunderstood, if they
are thought about at all.”

In addition to Als’s Profile, *The New Yorker* has published two long
reviews of Walcott’s work. In 1992, Jervis Anderson reviewed
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1992/12/21/derek-walcotts-odyssey> “
Omeros <https://www.amazon.com/dp/0374523509/?tag=thneyo0f-20>,” Walcott’s
retelling of the Odyssey, set in the Caribbean; in 2014, Adam Kirsch wrote
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/02/03/full-fathom-five-2> about
Walcott’s collected poems. Just a few months ago, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
wrote, on our Web site, about the friendship between Walcott and the
painter Peter Doig
<http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-trinidadian-friendship-derek-walcott-and-peter-doig>,
and their collaboration on “Morning, Paramin
<https://www.amazon.com/dp/0374213429/?tag=thneyo0f-20>,” which was Derek’s
last book.

Walcott himself has been publishing poems in the magazine since 1971. The
most recent, “In Italy
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/04/21/in-italy-2>,” from 2008, is
breathtakingly beautiful. It begins:

Roads shouldered by enclosing walls with narrow
cobbled tracks for streets, those hill towns with their
stamp-sized squares and a sea pinned by the arrow
of a quivering horizon, with names that never wither
for centuries and shadows that are the dial of time. Light
older than wine and a cloud like a tablecloth
spread for lunch under the leaves. I have come this late
to Italy, but better now, perhaps, than in youth
that is never satisfied . . .

You can read the rest of the poem here
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/04/21/in-italy-2>, and subscribers
can find more of Walcott’s poetry in our archive
<http://www.newyorker.com/contributors/derek-walcott>.
*lisaparavisini <http://repeatingislands.com/author/lisaparavisini/>* |
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