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In the Village

Derek Walcott

‘I came up out of the subway and there were / people standing on the steps as if they knew / something I didn’t.’

Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott (1930–2017) was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. In addition to receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, he was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Grant, a Royal Society of Literature Award, and, in 1988, the Queen’s Medal for Poetry. He was an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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