Poetry at the Post, Day 9: Omeros by Derek Walcott

Omeros by Derek Walcott

May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014

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 alicecatherinej@gmail.com.

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.

Reading Omeros to my neighbors
Reading Omeros to my neighbors

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