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Walcott condolence books open

Sir Derek Walcott

A book of condolence for Nobel laureate poet Sir Derek Walcott who died last week aged 87 at his home in St Lucia after a long illness has opened on the island and in New York.

The books opened to the public at the offices of the Consulate General of St Lucia in Castries and in the Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations in New York, for those wishing to share their thoughts and remembrances about the world-renowned St Lucian.

Walcott was a poet, playwright, and 1992 Nobel Laureate in Literature. He died at his home in Cap Estate on Friday, March 17.

Upon adding his name to the book, St Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Cosmos Richardson, described Walcott as a “literary giant and Saint Lucian cultural icon.”

“As we mourn the loss of one of the world’s greatest poets his legacy as an iconic figure in world literature will live on for many generations to come,” Richardson said. “His impact on the literary world is truly immeasurable. He was nothing short of an inspirational gem to St Lucia and indeed, the world.”

The book of condolence for Walcott will remain open to members of the public until Friday, March 30. The New York book is located at 800 Second Avenue, 5th floor.

Walcott was regarded by critics as one of the greatest Caribbean poets.

His collections include In A Green Night: Poems 1948 – 1960 and his epic work, Omeros, which draws on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. He also won the TS Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2011.

His winning collection for the TS Eliot Prize, White Egrets, was called “a moving, risk-taking and technically flawless book by a great poet” by the judges.

No plans for his funeral had been announced at press time.

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