Monday, July 18, 2011

The One on Derek Walcott

This week will be a week of poetry, and not just any kind of poetry, but Jamaican poetry! (Yes, I am a fan of reggae. Fools are those who don't aprecciate it, but let me allow you unto a little secret -reggae is best in Spanish.)

Introducing Derek Walcott:

Derek Walcott is a Caribbean poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 "for a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment." 

His work, which developed independently of the schools of magic realism emerging in both South America and Europe at around the time of his birth, is intensely related to the symbolism of myth and its relationship to culture. He is best known for his epic poem Omeros, a reworking of Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean and beyond to the American West and London. 

Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop in 1959, which has produced his plays (and others) since that time, and remains active with its Board of Directors. He also founded Boston Playwrights' Theatre at Boston University in 1981. In 2004, Walcott was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, and had retired from teaching poetry and drama in the Creative Writing Department at Boston University by 2007. He continues to give readings and lectures throughout the world. He divides his time between his home in the Caribbean and New York City.

Hmm. I don't think I'm going to try to read Omeros because only a few weeks ago I was working on an odyssey of my own, the Odyssey, if you will.

So, check back in tommorow for a bit of lirica by Derek Walcott. :)

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