No Man Is an Island, but Derek Walcott Was St. Lucia
We are representative of hundreds—maybe thousands—of writers who Derek mentored over the years, and we have hung onto his mentorship like a guarded jewel: “Yes, I worked with Derek Walcott.” I was lucky enough to audit his playwriting classes for 20 ...
Derek Walcott's Dueling Legacies
In his poem “Jean Rhys,” from the 1982 collection The Fortunate Traveller, Derek Walcott imagines Rhys's childhood in Dominica, a Caribbean island just a hop and a step away from Walcott's own Saint Lucia. Though Rhys was a white woman, and would ...
Remembering Writer Derek Walcott
DEREK WALCOTT: I think that one of the things that America has to face is the reality that it is an empire, and that it's very difficult for Americans to accept that. BILL MOYERS: We don't think of ourselves as an empire. DEREK WALCOTT: The thing is ...
Derek Walcott and the Poetry of Liberalism
New York Times
The death last week of Derek Walcott, at the age of 87, brought an end to one of the longest and most splendid careers in English-language poetry. It was an ending Mr. Walcott himself had been thinking about for decades. “I imagine my absence,” he ...