Listen for me today on NPR’s On Point, discussing the poetry and legacy of Derek Walcott.
Poet and playwright Derek Walcott died last week at 87 on his native Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. He wasn’t shy. He once called himself “the heir to Milton.” But he ran the language of empire – English – through the ocean wave life of the islands. The colonized. Verse, he wrote “crisp as sand, clear as sunlight.” We want to hear more of it. This hour On Point: we are setting sail on the grand, exuberant poetry of Derek Walcott. — Tom Ashbrook