Derek Walcott was born in St Lucia, in the West Indies, in 1930. The author of many plays and books of poetry, most recently White Egrets (2010), he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1988, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. He died in 2017.
White Egrets by Derek Walcott, winner of the 2010 T. S. Eliot Prize.
‘Walcott’s gift . . . ultimately abolishes literary parallels for physical radiance; for his allegiance, always, is with the actual tension of life.’
‘Walcott's Selected Poems is the only book I've read this year. I just haven't felt the need for another. The world is here, every emotion, thoughts you've had and thoughts you are yet to have. I have a copy in my house and a copy in my luggage. Nuff said.’
‘Walcott is a generous writer in every sense. The expansive, celebratory texture of his verse is instantly recognisable . . . An astonishing poet.’
‘An extraordinary talent.’
‘Exquisitely poised and potent poems . . . Walcott is a genius of place, and this collection highlights his power of witnessing.’
‘A book so redolent of our beloved earth . . . Read this, and be astonished.’