The Spectre of Empire
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).