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The author of the book: Derek Walcott
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4.5/5 To Norline

This beach will remain empty
for more slate-coloured dawns
of lines the surf continually
erases with its sponge,

and someone else will come
from the still-sleeping house,
a coffee mug warming his palm
as my body once cupped yours,

to memorize this passage
of a salt-sipping tern,
like when some line on a page
is loved, and it's hard to turn. When I was younger and seemingly stuck on a far less appropriate path, I tended towards psyching myself out with lists of classics, prize winners, 'difficult' reads, and other literary establishments leaving their snail trails through my instinctive evaluations of what has to be good, personal evaluation aside. I've been making up for it in recent days with far too many painful revisitings of popularly, and previously personally, lauded figures, ridding myself of ivory tower fetish by demanding each text prove itself without any aid from the status quo chorus. Derek Walcott is one of many with whom my initial engagement is suspect, and so when this less GR-friend evaluated text crossed my path, I picked it up to see whether all my talk about Omeros was, simply, talk. What an unexpected pleasure, then, to find that not only do I still have a taste for poetry, but also that I'd kill for another person in the line of Walcott to win this year's Nobel Prize for Lit. I've found many a person who fits the profile, so now all that's left is for the stodgy pop music inundated gits to humor me a little. There was never any peace
in the spokes of parasols,

for peace only exists
in the leaf-shadowed prose
of the imaginary republic, its
Impressionist canvases. There's a particular popular piece of modern poetry that I've been planning to read whose top reviews preen in their abbreviated variations on the theme of 'this isn't poetry', which is so fucking boring that I have to imagine how these people made their way out of elementary school. The whole history of poetry has been nothing more and nothing less than a dramatic series of fuck yous to the previous iterations of such, so to conceptualize poetry as anything other than a responsive crystallization to conscientious antagonism is to further extend Christo-centric creationism into the secular realm. One could say that the poetry is boring or full of itself or isn't too one's aesthetic taste, but to say poetry isn't poetry is to undermine the very point of what constitutes as little more than a physical manifestation of a thought exercise, so if one wants to knock one poet, one better prepare to give up their Wordsworth and Shakespeare and Keats. The fact that Walcott pricks the sensibilities less merely means he's more subtle about his subversion, not less. Folks may compare him to an Elizabethan, but no white person could have ever written "The Arkansas Testament", for no white person will ever give up their whiteness.

Favorites of mine in this collection include "A Latin Primer", "White Magic", "To Norline", "Elsewhere", and "Sunday in the Old Republic", with perhaps the last being my personal especial of note. Pretty much every piece, though, save for perhaps "Steam" (I'm wary of Shoah in poetry composed by someone without personal investment) and "Menelaus (bitter bigotry in more than one sense, and claims of historical accuracy may be cast aside with ease with reference to the Romani), multifariously offers an anachronistically striking scene, whether national or individual, tragedy or lust, the floating gardens colonialism and the svelte truth of postcolonialism. True, I likely favor it for touching upon settings already touched upon by so many white others, but subversion cannot exist in a vacuum, and I don't lack for appreciation when it comes to works grounded solely in Saint Lucia and not in some European house of mirrors. With that, I don't think I've brainwashed myself this time; leastwise, not much. Our myths are ignorance, theirs are literature. I'll be picking up more of Walcott, but his history of sexual assault will moderate the intake accordingly.

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Ebook El Testamento de Arkansas read Online! Derek Walcott was a Caribbean poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

His work, which developed independently of the schools of magic realism emerging in both South America and Europe at around the time of his birth, is intensely related to the symbolism of myth and its relationship to culture. He was best known for his epic poem Omeros, a reworking of Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean and beyond to the American West and London.

Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959, which has produced his plays (and others) since that time, and remained active with its Board of Directors until his death. He also founded Boston Playwrights' Theatre at Boston University in 1981. In 2004, Walcott was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, and had retired from teaching poetry and drama in the Creative Writing Department at Boston University by 2007. He continued to give readings and lectures throughout the world after retiring. He divided his time between his home in the Caribbean and New York City.

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