Tag Archives: Derek Walcott

The Bigness of Small Poems – # 36 in a Series – Smiling at the Other’s Welcome – Langston Hughes and Derek Walcott

Final Curve When you turn the corner And run into yourself Then you know that you have turned All the corners that are left Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) from Poetry for Young People Langston Hughes, Sterling Publishing Co., 2006 Langston Hughes was a celebrated black American poet who was considered a poetic innovator especially […]

Singing in Dark Times – #7 in a Series – Derek Walcott’s Gratitude

The Morning Moon Still haunted by the cycle of the moon racing full sail past the crouched whale’s back of the Morne Coco Mountain, I gasp at her sane brightness. It’s early December, the breeze freshens the skin of this earth, the goose-skin of water, and I notice the blue plunge of shadows down Morne […]

Sit. Feast On Your Life; and Derek Walcott.

Were there a significant non-consumer surprise for each of us each and every Christmas, what a joy that might be! This Christmas I received a non-consumer surprise, not surprisingly, from a poem: Upstate by Derek Walcott, the West Indian 1992 Nobel  Prize Laureate, born in St. Lucia in 1930. Upstate,  published in the 1981 book […]