The Selected Poems of Derek Walcott is a thorough retrospective of the Nobel Prize-winning Caribbean writer.
Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. His Collected Poems 1948 - 1984 was published in 1986, and his subsequent works include Omeros (1990), Tiepolo's Hound (2000) and The Prodigal (2005). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.
"The magnitude of Walcott's achievement . . . is on lavish display in his updated "Selected Poems," which spans a half-century of his protean output and highlights the formal prowess of the progressively ambitious work he's produced over the last twenty years . . . confirming the incantatory powers of an oracle the likes of which the New World hasn't seen since Prospero drowned his book." --David Barber, "The ""Boston"" Globe""" ""Selected Poems" allows us the rare pleasure of tracing a long career, a full life . . . Timeless in [its] magic and cumulative power . . . Luminous [and] engaging." --Richard Wakefield, "The ""Seattle"" Times"