Winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry
In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects of his career—his love of the Western literary tradition, the Caribbean's complex colonial legacy, the wisdom that comes with the passing of time, the always strange joys of new love, and the sometimes terrifying beauty of the natural world—with an intensity and drive that recall his greatest work. Through the mesmerizing repetition of theme and imagery, Walcott creates an almost surflike cadence, broadening in possibilities of rhyme and meter, poetic form and language.
White Egrets is a moving new collection from one of the most important poets of the twentieth century—a celebration of the life and language of the West Indies. It is also a triumphant paean to beauty, love, art, and—perhaps most surprisingly—getting older.