Tuesday, 15 May 2012

MAN OF THE HOUR: Local literati step out for Walcott reading

WORDS TO LIVE BY: Walcott signs books after his reading.

“I must apologize for what I thought was a shaky reading.” So said Derek Walcott following his well-attended presentation for ‘Wordz’ at the Knutsford Court Hotel Monday evening, but the apology wasn’t necessary.

While the 15-minute reading was not the most robust we’ve ever heard from the Nobel laureate, there was nothing remotely wobbly about his crisp and visceral poems – including pieces from the White Egrets series and dedications to John Hearne, Aimee Cesaire, Lorna Goodison and Barack Obama.

The sizeable (and attentive) crowd included such members of the local literati as Prof. Mervyn Morris, Dr. Eddie Baugh, Sharon Leach and Justine Henzell. The evening’s compere was the ever-reliable Paula-Ann Porter Jones.

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