Derek Walcott, born in the West Indies in 1930, won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. His numerous collections of poetry include Selected Poems (2007), The Prodigal: A Poem (2004), and Tiepolo’s Hound (2000), all from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has also written plays and published a collection of essays, What the Twilight Says (1998). Walcott’s many other honors include a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award. “The Spectre of Empire” will be included in White Egrets (2010).