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Author: WALCOTT, DEREK
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Walcott, Derek    Poet's Biography
70 poems available by this author


A CITY'S DEATH BY FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: After that hot gospeller has levelled all but the churched sky


A FAR CRY FROM AFRICA    Poem Text    
First Line: A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans - History; Ancestors & Ancestry; Black Heritage; Heritage; Heredity


A LESSON FOR THIS SUNDAY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The growing idleness of summer grass
Subject(s): Summer


A LETTER FROM BROOKLYN    Poem Text    
First Line: An old lady writes me in a spidery style
Subject(s): Fathers


A SEA-CHANTEY    Poem Text    
First Line: La, tout n'est qu'ordre et beaute
Subject(s): West Indies; Caribbean Islands


AS JOHN TO PATMOS    Poem Text    
First Line: As john to patmos, among the rocks and the blue live air, hounded
Last Line: To praise lovelong the living and the brown dead
Subject(s): Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island); Home


BECUNE POINT    Poem Text    
First Line: Stunned heat of noon. In shade, tan, silken cows
Subject(s): Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


BLUES    Poem Text    
First Line: Those five or six young guys
Subject(s): Blues (Music); Jazz; Music & Musicians


CODICIL    Poem Text    
First Line: Schizophrenic, wrenched by two styles,
Subject(s): Writing & Writers


CRUSOE'S ISLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The chapel's cowbell / like god's anvil
Subject(s): Saint Lucia, West Indies


EULOGY TO W. H. AUDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Assuredly, that fissured face
Last Line: Shine with the wake that gives the / craftsman the gift of peace
Subject(s): Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973); Poetry & Poets


EUROPA    Poem Text    
First Line: The full moon is so fierce that I can count the
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical


FOR THE ALTARPIECE OF THE ROSEAU VALLEY CHURCH, SAINT LUCIA    Poem Text    
First Line: The chapel, as the pivot of this valley
Subject(s): Churches; Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island); Cathedrals


GROS-ILET    Poem Text    
First Line: From this village, soaked like a grey rag in salt water
Last Line: The sea grapes bitter, the language is that of slaves.
Subject(s): Slavery; Serfs


HOMAGE TO EDWARD THOMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Formal, informal, by a country's cast
Subject(s): Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)


HOMECOMING: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: My country heart, I am not home till sesenne sings
Subject(s): Homecoming; Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


HOMECOMING: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: When the violin whines its question and the banjo answers
Subject(s): Homecoming; Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


IN LATE-AFTERNOON LIGHT THE TOPS OF THE BREADFRUIT LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: In late-afternoon light the tops of the breadfruit leaves
Last Line: Rooster crossing a yard blazes like a satrap
Subject(s): Landscape


IN MY EIGHTEENTH YEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Having measured the years today by the calendar
Last Line: Shine from the perverse beauty of the dead
Subject(s): Time; Teenagers


IN THE VILLAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I came up out of the subway and there were
Subject(s): New York City; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


IT IS LOW TIDE    Poem Text    
First Line: It is low tide, so the reef evolves into islands
Last Line: But from its shacks and their fishnets these lines were made
Subject(s): Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


ITALIAN ECLOGUES: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: On the bright road to rome, beyond mantua
Last Line: Because it is truth. Your polars spin in the sun
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


ITALIAN ECLOGUES: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Whir of a pigeon's wings outside a wooden window
Last Line: Of a book and stands at the end of perspective, waiting for me
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


ITALIAN ECLOGUES: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: In this landscape of vines and hills you carried a theme
Last Line: Into a coin that the fog's fingers rub together
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


ITALIAN ECLOGUES: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: The foam out on the sparkling strait muttering montale
Last Line: To dissolve in a fiction greater than our lives, the sea, the un
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


ITALIAN ECLOGUES: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: My colonnade of cedars between whose arches the ocean
Last Line: That your speck widens with elation, a dot that soars
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


ITALIAN ECLOGUES: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Now evening after evening after evening
Subject(s): Italy; Italians


LETTER TO A PAINTER IN ENGLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: Where you rot under the strict gray industry
Last Line: That would inform the blind world of its flesh
Subject(s): Paintings & Painters; Letters; Seasons; West Indies


LOVE AFTER LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The time will come
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Drinks & Drinking; Self-love; Wine


MARINA TSVETAEVA    Poem Text    
First Line: Newspapers aged in an armchair, the sofa drowsed
Last Line: Bellows your paper's stationary sails
Subject(s): Tsvetayeva, Marina (1892-1941)


MIDSUMMER, TOBAGO    Poem Text    
First Line: Broad sun-stoned beaches
Subject(s): Time


MIDSUMMER: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Companion in rome, whom rome makes an old rome
Last Line: Silver legions of mackerel race through our catacombs
Subject(s): Rome, Italy; Summer


MIDSUMMER: 27    Poem Text    
First Line: Certain things here are quietly american
Subject(s): West Indies; Caribbean Islands


MIDSUMMER: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: At the queen's park hotel, with its white, high-ceilinged rooms
Last Line: A breeze strolls down to the docks, and the sea begins
Subject(s): Hotels; Summer; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


MIDSUMMER: 36    Poem Text    
First Line: The oak inns creak in their joints as light declines
Subject(s): Environment; Hotels; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Inns; Innskeepers; Motels; Boarding Houses


MIDSUMMER: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: This spanish port, piractical in deverseness
Last Line: The plaza's cracked by the jungle's furious seed
Subject(s): Africa; Summer


MIDSUMMER: 5    Poem Text    
First Line: The hemispheres lie sweating, flesh to flesh
Last Line: Rolls his bullets like beads. Glued to his own transistor
Subject(s): Summer; New York City; Hamptons, New York


MIDSUMMER: 54    Poem Text    
First Line: The midsummer sea, the hot pitch road, this grass, these shacks
Subject(s): Summer


NEVER GET USED TO THIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Never get used to this: the feathery, swaying casuarinas
Subject(s): Home; Nostalgia


NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF PORT OF SPAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Night, our black summer, simplifies her smells
Subject(s): Trinidad And Tobago


ORIGINS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The flowering breaker detonates its surf]
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); America - Exploration


OVER COLORADO    Poem Text    
First Line: When whitman's beard unrolled like the pacific
Last Line: Painting your leaves of grass
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Whitman, Walt (1819-1891)


PARANG: 1. CHRISTMAS EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Can you genuinely claim these, and do they reclaim you
Last Line: Or tears that glint on night's face for every island
Subject(s): Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


PARANG: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Days change, the sunlight goes, then it returns, and wearily
Last Line: That elate dissolution which goes beyond happiness
Subject(s): Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


PARANG: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Remember childhood? Remember a faraway rain
Last Line: Of la divina pastora, and a life of incredible errors
Subject(s): Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island)


PRAISE TO THE RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Praise to the rain, eraser ofr picnics, praise the grey cloud
Subject(s): Rain


PRIVATE JOURNAL    Poem Text    
First Line: We started from places that saw no gay carracks wrecked
Last Line: Freedom from, not of, thought
Subject(s): Schools; Childhood Memories


SEA CANES    Poem Text    
First Line: Half my friends are dead
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


SPAIN 3. READNG MACHADO    Poem Text    
First Line: The barren frangipani branches uncurl their sweet threat
Last Line: All inferences, all echoes, associations
Subject(s): Machado, Antonio (1875-1939)


SPAIN: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Near our ochre pastures with real bulls, your clay one
Last Line: Along iron gorges whose springs glitter like knives
Subject(s): Spain


SPAIN: 2. GRANADA    Poem Text    
First Line: Red earth and raw, the olive clumps olive and silver
Last Line: From the cypresses, the mountains, the olives turning silver?
Subject(s): Granada, Spain; Olive Trees And Olives


SPAIN: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Storks, ravens, cranes, what do these disparate auguries mean
Last Line: From nerve-strings and arteries, and cloud-pages close in amen
Subject(s): Spain


THE ALMOND TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: There's nothing here / this early
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE BOUNTY: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: Between the vision of the tourist board and the true
Subject(s): Mothers


THE BOUNTY: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: There on the beach, in the desert, lies the dark well
Subject(s): Mothers


THE BOUNTY: 3    Poem Text    
First Line: Bounty! / in the bells of tree-frogs with their steady clamour
Subject(s): Mothers


THE BOUNTY: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: But can she or can she not read this? Can you read this
Subject(s): Mothers


THE FISHERMEN ROWING HOWEWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The fishermen rowing homeward in the dusk
Last Line: Hearing small rumors of paddlers drowned near stars
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FIST    Poem Text    
First Line: The fist clenched round my heart
Subject(s): Love


THE GLORY TRUMPETER    Poem Text    
First Line: Old eddie's face, wrinkled with river lights
Subject(s): African Americans - Song And Music; Jazz; Music & Musicians


THE GULF    Poem Text    
First Line: The airport coffee tastes less of america
Subject(s): Air Travel; Texas; United States; America


THE HOTEL NORMANDIE POOL    Poem Text    
First Line: Around the cold pool in the metal light
Subject(s): Blacks - History; Holidays; Middle Age; New Year


THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Marley was rocking on the transport's stereo
Subject(s): Marley, Robert Nesta (Bob) (1945-1981)


THE LIGHTHOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Under his photographer's shroud
Last Line: Uncontradictable truth.
Subject(s): Lighthouses


THE SCHOONER FLIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: In idle august, while the sea soft
Subject(s): Sea Voyages; West Indies; Caribbean Islands


THE SEASON OF PHANTASMAL PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Then all the nations of birds lifted together
Subject(s): Birds


UPSTATE    Poem Text    
First Line: A knife blade of cold air keeps prying
Subject(s): Alienation (Social Psychology); Dissenters; Exiles; Marginality, Social; Estrangement; Outcasts


VI    Poem Text    
First Line: Midsummer stretches beside me with its cat's yawn.
Subject(s): City & Town Life


VOLCANO    Poem Text    
First Line: Joyce was afraid of thunder,
Subject(s): Joyce, James (1882-1941); Death; Dead, The


WATTEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: The amber spray of trees feather-brushed
Last Line: An empty chair echoing the emptiness
Subject(s): Watteau, Antoine (1684-1721)