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The poems in this sequence of fifty-four were written to encompass one year, from summer to summer. Their principal themes are the stasis, both stultifying and provocative, of midsummer in the tropics; the pull of the sea, family, and friendship on one whose cricumstances lead to separation; the relationship of poetry to painting; and the place of a poet between two cultur ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published December 1st 1984 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published July 23rd 1984)
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I pause to hear a racketing triumph of cicadas
setting life's pitch, but to live at their pitch
of joy is unendurable.

A stone house waits on the steps.

Perhaps if I'd nurtured some divine disease,
like Keats in eternal Rome, or Chekhov at Yalta,
something that sharpened the salt fragrance of sweat
with the lancing rib of my pen, my gift would increase,
as the hand of a cloud turning over the sea will alter
the sunlight--clouds smudged like silver plate,
leaves that keep trying to summarize my life.
Beautiful verse that practically washed over my consciousnesses. This collection was made to be read aloud in the sunshine in a low, gentle voice. A must-read!
Looking for a living poet who doesn't suck? Look no further: Walcott is your man.
There are more subtle ways to prove you are wellread, Mr Walcott.
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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
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