Issue 3 and Derek Walcott

February 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Issue 3 has been printed!  If you’ve ever wanted to read about existentialism in Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novel, examine the ubiquity of archetypes, ponder the great emo kids of Western literature, see more historically inaccurate comics, peruse more poems than is strictly reasonable, or pick a new name for your band, then this is the issue for you!  Pick up your copy today at Morrill Hall, the RCAH hallways in Snyder-Phillips, or Espresso Royale.  Or just come to our party.

If you already have a copy, and have come looking for an explanation behind the Derek Walcott Comic, here’s what Wisti has to say:

“Derek Walcott is a West Indian poet who wrote a an epic poem about St. Lucia, title Omeros, through the use of allusions to Homeric myths. It was sort of like an African Ulysses. He claimed it was a way of coming to terms with the island’s empirical history. It was a really good work of art objectively speaking, but Walcott had this whole idea that he was somehow writing it for his people, who not only had no concept of Western literary traditions, but were also mostly illiterate because, unlike Walcott, they have not overcome the burden of history. They don’t have the power to overcome the burden of history, as they’re all poor as a result of British Imperialism and US tourism. Walcott was also known to shit all over poets who rejected Western literary traditions to better represent their people. He would claim they were absorbed in self-pity and obsessed with their own suffering. On the one hand, I think he did make a couple fair points in his essays and articles, but he also shouldn’t have acted like Omeros was somehow the voice of his people, since he obviously wrote the piece for himself, so HE, not them, could overcome the burden of the past. Because, you know, if the citizens of St. Lucia can’t read the freaking poem, they certainly can’t use it as a means of healing.”

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