Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0374260664

ISBN-13: 9780374260668

Edition: 2007

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Drawing from every stage of his career, Derek Walcott'sSelected Poemsbrings together famous pieces from his early volumes, including "A Far Cry from Africa" and "A City's Death by Fire," with passages from the celebratedOmerosand selections from his latest major works, which extend his contributions to reenergizing the contemporary long poem. Here we find all of Walcott's essential themes, from grappling with the Caribbean's colonial legacy to his conflicted love of home and of Western literary tradition; from the wisdom-making pain of time and mortality to the strange wonder of love, the natural world, and what it means to be human. We see his lifelong labor at poetic crafts, his broadening of the possibilities of rhyme and meter, stanza forms, language, and metaphor. Edited and with an introduction by the Jamaican poet and critic Edward Baugh, this volume is a perfect representation of Walcott's breadth of work, spanning almost half a century.
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/9/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

George Ames Plimpton was born March 18, 1927. He was educated first at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and then spent four years at Harvard majoring in English and editing the Harvard Lampoon, followed by two at King's College, Cambridge. Before he left for Cambridge, he served as a tank driver in Italy for the U.S. Army from 1945 through 1948. After graduation, at about 27 years of age, Plimpton went with his friends to Paris. There they founded the Paris Review in 1953 and published poetry and short story writers and did interviews. In the '50s, Plimpton and staff came to New York, where they kept the Review going for half a century. The Review has published over 150 issues. Plimpton also served as a volunteer for Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential run and was walking in front of him as the candidate was assassinated in the kitchen of a Los Angeles hotel. Plimpton was known as a "participatory journalist". In order to research his books and articles, he quarterbacked in a pre-season NFL game, pitched to several all-stars (retiring Willie Mays and Richie Ashburn) in an exhibition prior to Baseball's 1959 All-Star game, performed as a trapeze artist for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, and fought boxers Archie Moore and Sugar Ray Robinson. Plimpton was alson known by the nickname the Prince of Cameos for the amount of work he did in films, playing small parts and screenwriting. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2002. Within a month of the academy induction, the French made him a Chevalier, the Legion of Honor's highest rank. The Guild, an arts organization based on Long Island, gave him a lifetime achievement award. Plimpton was also a member of PEN; the Pyrotechnics Guild International; the National Football League Alumni Association; and the Mayflower Descendants Society. In 2003, Plimpton decided to write his memoirs, signing a $750,000 deal with Little, Brown and Co. Before he could finish, George Plimpton died, on September 26, 2003 of natural causes at the age of 76.Derek Walcott was born on January 23, 1930 in Castries, St. Lucia and was educated at the University of the West Indies. Walcott taught at schools in the Caribbean and wrote features for Public Opinion in Kingston, Jamaica and the Trinidad Guardian. He is the founder of the St. Lucia Arts Guild and a professor at the University of Boston. Walcott became internationally known for his poetry and drama writing in the book, In a Green Night. For his writing, Walcott received a five-year fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, the Queens Medal for Poetry, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. In 2011 he won the T. S. Eliot Prize for his poetry collection, White Egrets.

Edward Baugh was born in 1936 in Jamaica. He is a poet, critic and professor in the Department of English, UWI, in Jamaica. He is the author of Derek Walcott: Memory As Vision: Another Life. His poems have been collected in A Tale From the Rain Forest (Sandberry Press, 1988).

Introduction
From In a Green Night: Poems 1948-1960(1962)
Prelude As John to Patmos
A City's Death by Fire
A Far Cry from African Ruins of a Great House
Tales of the Islands Return to D'Ennery; Rain
A Letter from Brooklyn Islands
From The Castaway and Other Poems(1965)
The Castaway Tarpon
The Flock Laventille
The Almond Trees Verandah Crusoe's Island Codicil
From The Gulf and Other Poems(1969)
Mass Man Homage to Edward Thomas
The Gulf Blues Air Landfall, Grenada Homecoming: Anse La Raye Nearing Forty
From Another Life(1973)
"Verandahs, where the pages of the sea"
"In its dimensions the drawing could not trace"
"Maman, / only on Sundays was the Singer silent"
"Old house, old woman, old room"
"About the August of my fourteenth year"
"Our father, / who floated in the vaults of Michangelo"
"Noon, / and its sacred water sprinkles"
"Who could tell, in 'the crossing of that pair'"
"There are already, invisible on canvas"
"Where did I fail? I could draw"
"When the oil green water glows but doesn't catch"
"Smug, behind glass, we watch the passengers"
"Miasma, acedia, the enervations of damp"
From Sea Grapes(1976)
Sea Grapes Adam's Song
The Cloud Parades, Parades
The Bright Field Sainte Lucie Volcano
Sea Canes Midsummer, Tobago Oddjob, a Bull Terrier
To Return to the Tress
From The Star-Apple Kingdom(1979)
The SchoonerFlight
Adios, Carenge
Shabine Leaves the Republic
The Flight, Passing Blanchisseuse
Shabine Encounters the Middle Passage
The Sailor Sings Back to the Casuarinas
The Flight Anchors in Castries Harbour
Fight with the Crew
Out of the Depths
After the Storm
The Sea Is History
The Saddhu of Couva Forest of Europe
From The Fortunate Traveller(1981)
Piano Europa
The Spoiler's Return
Early Pompeian
The Fortunate Traveller
The Season of Phantasmal Peace
From Midsummer(1984)
"The jet bores like a silverfish through volumes of cloud"
"Companion in Rome, whom Rome makes as old as Rome"
"Midsummer stretches beside me with its cat's yawn"
"A wind-scraped headland, a sludgy dishwater sea"
"Since all of your work was really an effort to appease"
"There was one Syrian, with his bicycle, in our town"
"The midsummer sea, the hot pitch road, this grass, these shacks that made me"
From The Arkansas Testament(1987)
Saint Lucia's First Communion
The Light of the World Night Fishing
Elsewhere Winter Lamps For Adrian
The Arkansas Testament
From Omeros (1990)
"'This is how, one sunrise, we cut down them canoes'"
"'Touchez-i, encore: N'ai fendre choux-ous-ou, salope!'"
"I sat on the white terrace waiting for the cheque"
"How fast it fades! Maud thought; the enameled sky"
"From his heart's depth he knew she was never coming"
"Mangrove, their ankles in water, walked with the canoe"
"I sang of quiet Achille, Afolabe's son"
From The Bounty(1997)
Thanksgiving
"Never get used to this; the feathery, swaying casuarinas"
"Alphaeus Prince, What a name! He was one of the Princes"
"The sublime always begins with the chord 'And then I saw'"
"Praise to the rain, eraser of picnics, praise the grey cloud"
Italian Eclogues I
"On the bright road to
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