Creative Ecologies: Derek Walcott’s Postcolonial Ecopoetics

  • Emma Trott University of Leeds


This essay explores the centrality of Derek Walcott’s poetics of nature to his creative imagination. Forensic attention to language illustrates how connections between the mind and its environments engage critical work at the intersection of ecocriticism and postcolonialism. Poetry’s contribution to a resolution of these discourses’ conflicting concerns is revealed, in a fresh analysis of Walcott’s poetic ecology.

Author Biography

Emma Trott, University of Leeds
Emma Trott is in the first year of her PhD at the University of Leeds, where she also completed her undergraduate and MA studies. Her thesis explores creative interactions with the environment in the poetry of Jon Silkin and Simon Armitage. She is also an Editorial Assistant for Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (JHUP) and Stand (Leeds).
How to Cite
Trott, Emma. 2013. “Creative Ecologies: Derek Walcott’s Postcolonial Ecopoetics”. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 16 (June), 1 - 14.