Collected Poems of Derek Walcott

ISBN-10: 0374520259

ISBN-13: 9780374520250

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Authors: Derek Walcott

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This remarkable collection, which won the 1986Los Angeles TimesBook Prize for Poetry, includes most of the poems from each of Derek Walcott's seven prior books of verse and all of his long autobiographical poem, "Another Life." The 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Walcott has been producing--for several decades--a poetry with all the beauty, wisdom, directness, and narrative force of our classic myths and fairy tales, and in this hefty volume readers will find a full record of his important endeavor. "Walcott's virutes as a poet are extraordinary," James Dickey wrote inThe New York Times Book Review. "He could turn his attention on anything at all and make it live with a reality beyond its own; through his fearless language it becomes not only its acquired life, but the real one, the one that lasts . . . Walcott is spontaneous, headlong, and inventive beyond the limits of most other poets now writing."
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List price: $22.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/1/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738

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.

from In a Green Night Poems 1948-1960 [1962]
As John to Patmos
A City's Death by Fire
The Harbour
from Selected Poems [1964]
from In a Green Night (1962)
A Far Cry from Africa
Ruins of a Great House
Tales of the Islands
Return to D'Ennery; Rain
Two Poems on the Passing of an Empire
Orient and Immortal Wheat
A Lesson for This Sunday
Bleecker Street, Summer
A Letter from Brooklyn
Brise Marine
A Sea-Chantey
The Polish Rider
The Banyan Tree, Old Year's Night
In a Green Night
from The Castaway and Other Poems [1965]
The Castaway
The Swamp
Missing the Sea
The Glory Trumpeter
A Map of Europe
Nights in the Gardens of Port of Spain
Crusoe's Island
from The Gulf [1970]
from The Castaway and Other Poems (1965)
The Flock
A Village Life
Goats and Monkeys
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Crusoe's Journal
from The Gulf and Other Poems (1969)
Mass Man
Homage to Edward Thomas
The Gulf
Landfall, Grenada
Homecoming: Anse La Raye
Cold Spring Harbor
Love in the Valley
Nearing Forty
The Walk
Another Life [1973]
The Divided Child
Homage to Gregorias
A Simple Flame
The Estranging Sea
from Sea Grapes [1976]
Sea Grapes
Sunday Lemons
New World
Adam's Song
Preparing for Exile
Sainte Lucie
The Fist
Love after Love
Dark August
Sea Canes
Midsummer, Tobago
Oddjob, a Bull Terrier
Winding Up
The Morning Moon
To Return to the Trees
from the Star-Apple Kingdom [1979]
The Schooner Flight
Sabbaths, W.I.
The Sea Is History
Egypt, Tobago
The Saddhu of Couva
Forest of Europe
Koenig of the River
The Star-Apple Kingdom
from the Fortunate Traveller [1981]
Old New England
Piano Practice
North and South
Map of the New World
From This Far
The Man Who Loved Islands
Jean Rhys
The Liberator
The Spoiler's Return
The Hotel Normandie Pool
Early Pompeian
The Fortunate Traveller
The Season of Phantasmal Peace
from Midsummer [1984]
II - Companion in Rome, whom Rome makes as old as Rome
III - At the Queen's Park Hotel, with its white, high-ceilinged rooms
VI - Midsummer stretches beside me with its cat's yawn
VII - Our houses are one step from the gutter. Plastic curtains
XI - My double, tired of morning, closes the door
XIV - With the frenzy of an old snake shedding its skin
XV - I can sense it coming from far, too, Maman, the tide
XVIII - In the other'eighties, a hundred midsummers gone
XIX - Gauguin
XX - Watteau
XXI - A long, white, summer cloud, like a cleared linen table
XXIII - With the stampeding hiss and scurry of green lemmings
XXV - The sun has fired my face to terra-cotta
XXVI - Before that thundercloud breaks from its hawsers
XXVII - Certain things here are quietly American-
XXVIII - Something primal in our spine makes the child swing
XXX - Gold dung and urinous straw from the horse garages
XXXIII - Those grooves in that forehead of sand-coloured flesh
XXXV - Mud. Clods. The sucking heel of the rain-flinger
XXXVI - The oak inns creak in their joints as light declines
XXXIX - The grey English road hissed emptily under the tires
XLI - The camps hold their distance-brown chestnuts and grey smoke
XLII - Chicago's avenues, as white as Poland
XLIII - Tropic Zone
XLIX - A wind-scraped headland, a sludgy, dishwater sea
L - I once gave my daughters, separately, two conch shells
LI - Since all of your work was really an effort to appease
LII - I heard them marching the leaf-wet roads of my head
LIII - There was one Syrian, with his bicycle, in our town
LIV - The midsummer sea, the hot pitch road, this grass, these shacks that made me
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