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Derek Walcott: A Life in Poetry

Derek Walcott has spent a lifetime imbibing the rhythms of St. Lucia.

The Nobel laureate has always looked to his native island for inspiration as a poet, playwright and painter.

Walcott, 77, has published 13 collections of poetry, some of them epic in length.

A new book, Selected Poems, collects his work from 1962 to 2004.

Walcott speaks with Jacki Lyden about his years spent as a "fortunate traveler," when he split his time between Boston, New York, Europe and at home in the West Indies.

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