Derek Walcott and his German translator Werner Koppenfels have been awarded the International Prize for Poetry by the city of Münster. They are being honored for Walcott’s collection of poems “White Egrets.”
The collection of fifty-four melancholy poems explores Walcott life, and traces his Caribbean, European and American heritage, the announcement said. The jury noted the poem’s mixture of “high tone and flippant slang, their exploration of natural history, contemporary history, nature, magic and social criticism.”
Walcott and Koppenfels will share the prize money of 15,000 euros. Walcott, 83, was unable to travel to Westphalia to collect the award for health reasons.