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Derek Walcott (1930-2017)

Derek Walcott (1930-2017) – With the rest of the world and especially the Caribbean literary community, JWIL mourns the extinguishing of the light of Derek Walcott. In the words of Kei Miller, “Walcott is one of only a handful of poets for whom the superlative will always be insufficient. He was, quite simply, the great poet of the Caribbean and then beyond. He once told me that poetry was not a democracy. It was, instead, a kingdom and not everyone could enter it. If that is true, we should fly the flag at half mast, because the king is dead.”