Today's Featured Poet

Derek Walcott

Nobel-prize winner Derek Walcott was born on the island of Saint Lucia. He published his first poem, a 44-line poem in blank verse, in the local newspaper at the age of 14. At 19 he self-published two books, borrowing $200 to...

Then all the nations of birds lifted together
the huge net of the shadows of this earth
in multitudinous dialects, twittering tongues,
stitching and crossing it. They lifted up
the shadows of long pines down trackless slopes,
the shadows of glass-faced towers down evening streets,

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