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Derek  Walcott

Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott was born in 1930 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 fourteen. At nineteen he self-published two books, borrowing $200 to print his first

The Season of Phantasmal Peace
by Derek Walcott

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,
the shadow of a frail plant on a city sill—
the net rising soundless as night, the birds' cries soundless, until