Omeros by Derek Walcott
I sat on the white terrace waiting for the cheque.
Our waiter in a black blow-tie, plunged through the sand
between the full-deck chairs, bouncing to discotheque…
Today I read from Derek Walcott’s epic poem about the Caribbean. Set in the heart of the West Indies, Saint Lucia, Walcott’s book contains echoes of The Iliad —although you need not have read Homer to enjoy this lavish and imaginative work.
If you’d like to give it a try, come join our group of global readers on our journey through the pages of Omeros. We begin tomorrow, June 1, 2014. Free and open to all readers, writers and island lovers. Send me a note to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more here: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177933
I think I’m finally winning at least one of the cows over to poetry.