Derek Walcott


Bleecker street, summer




Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor,
for the eternal idleness of the imagined return,
for rare flutes and bare feet, and the August bedroom
of tangled sheets and the Sunday salt, ah violin!



When I press summer dusks together, it is
a month of street accordions and sprinklers
laying the dust, small shadows running from me.


It is music opening and closing, Italia mia, on Bleecker,
ciao, Antonio, and the water-cries of children
tearing the rose-coloured sky in streams of paper;


it is dusk in the nostrils and the smell of water
down littered streets that lead you to no water,
and gathering islands and lemons in the mind.


There is the Hudson, like the sea aflame.
I would undress you in the summer heat,
and laugh and dry your damp flesh if you came.


Derek Walcott – Bleecker Street, Summer (from Collected Poems 1948-1984).




Derek Walcott



Sir Derek Alton Walcott (23 January 1930 – 17 March 2017) was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Derek Walcott was the University of Alberta’s first distinguished scholar in residence, where he taught undergraduate and graduate writing courses.
Derek Walcott also served as Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros (1990),  which many critics view “as Walcott’s major achievement.”
In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Walcott received many literary awards over the course of his career,
including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature,the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets and the Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry Lifetime Recognition Award in 2015. (wikipedia)




Derek Walcott

List of works



Poetry collections


1948 25 Poems
1949 Epitaph for the Young: Xll Cantos
1951 Poems
1962 In a Green Night: Poems 1948—60
1964 Selected Poems
1965 The Castaway and Other Poems
1969 The Gulf and Other Poems
1973 Another Life
1976 Sea Grapes
1979 The Star-Apple Kingdom
1981 Selected Poetry
1981 The Fortunate Traveller
1983 The Caribbean Poetry of Derek Walcott and the Art of Romare Bearden
1984 Midsummer
1986 Collected Poems, 1948–1984, featuring “Love After Love”
1987 Central America
1987 The Arkansas Testament
1990 Omeros
1997 The Bounty
2000 Tiepolo’s Hound, includes Walcott’s watercolors
2004 The Prodigal
2007 Selected Poems (edited, selected, and with an introduction by Edward Baugh)
2010 White Egrets
2014 The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948–2013




(1950) Henri Christophe: A Chronicle in Seven Scenes
(1951) Harry Dernier: A Play for Radio Production
(1953) Wine of the Country
(1954) The Sea at Dauphin: A Play in One Act
(1957) Ione
(1958) Drums and Colours: An Epic Drama
(1958) Ti-Jean and His Brothers
(1966) Malcochon: or, Six in the Rain
(1967) Dream on Monkey Mountain
(1970) In a Fine Castle
(1974) The Joker of Seville
(1974) The Charlatan
(1976) O Babylon!
(1977) Remembrance
(1978) Pantomime
(1980) The Joker of Seville and O Babylon!: Two Plays
(1982) The Isle Is Full of Noises
(1984) The Haitian Earth
(1986) Three Plays: The Last Carnival, Beef, No Chicken, and A Branch of the Blue Nile
(1991) Steel
(1993) Odyssey: A Stage Version
(1997) The Capeman (book and lyrics, both in collaboration with Paul Simon)
(2002) Walker and The Ghost Dance
(2011) Moon-Child
(2014) O Starry Starry Night



Other books


(1990) The Poet in the Theatre, Poetry Book Society (London)
(1993) The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory Farrar, Straus (New York)
(1996) Conversations with Derek Walcott, University of Mississippi (Jackson, MS)
(1996) (With Joseph Brodsky and Seamus Heaney) Homage to Robert Frost, Farrar, Straus (New York)
(1998) What the Twilight Says (essays), Farrar, Straus (New York, NY)
(2002) Walker and Ghost Dance, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY)
(2004) Another Life: Fully Annotated, Lynne Rienner Publishers (Boulder, CO)
(2016) Morning, Paramin Derek Walcott; illustrated by Peter Doig, Farrar, Straus (New York, NY)

(from: wikipedia)



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