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White Egrets

About the Book

In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats his characteristic subjects, such as the Caribbean’s complex colonial legacy, the Western artistic tradition, the blessings and withholdings of old Europe, the unaccommodating sublime of the new world and the poet’s place in all of this — with a passionate intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the systolic and mesmerising repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott carries his surf-like cadence from poem to poem, and from sequence to sequence in this celebratory and close-knit collection.

White Egrets
About the Author

Derek Walcott was born in St Lucia in 1930. The author of many plays and books of poetry, he was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 1988 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He now divides his time between homes in St Lucia and New York.

Derek Walcott