Item #13118 [Typescript]. Derek Walcott.


N. p. unpublished, circa 1969. First Edition. no binding. 2 page, legal sized carbon typescript with "Two Elegies: For Che and For Christopher Okigbo." On the first leaf is a long note from Andrew Salkey [attributed, not signed], the Jamaican poet and BBC commentator: "These are the original versions of the poems before they were changed by the poet for inclusion in his third book, The Gulf and Other Poems Jonathan Cape, 1969, when they were presented considerably textually altered and under the titles "Che" and "Negatives." Comparison to the printed version shows considerable reworking of the poems. "Che" in the printed version begins "In this dark-grained news-photograph, whose glare/ is rigidly composed as Caravaggio's,/ the corpse glows candle-white on its cold altar--" . This typescript reads: "In this dark-grained baroque news-photograph,/ as cunningly composed as Caravaggio,/ the corpse, burnt-out, shines candle-white/ on its cold altar,". "Negatives" begins "A newsclip; the invasion of Biafra:/ black corpses wrapped in sunlight/ sprawled on the white glare.../. "For Christopher Okigbo" begins "A newsreel: the invasion of Biafra:/ black bodies, sliced by sunlight/ on the white road that enters ------/. Folded for mailing, else fine. Fine. Item #13118

Andrew Salkey was a Jamaican writer educated in Great Britain, and a central figure in the popularizing of Caribbean writers including Naipaul, Lamming and Walcott as a presenter of the BBC program Caribbean Voices. Later in life he taught at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

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