to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
~ Derek Walcott
The above is excerpted from Walcott's poem "Love after Love" in Collected Poems 1948-1984 (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1986; paperback edition, 1987). It is one of Walcott's most well-known and quoted poems.
Poet Kim Rosen's recitation of the poem can be found here. Text is here (Roger Housden's Ten Poems to Change Your Life [Harmony, 2001] on GoogleBooks).
Derek Walcott Biography at Nobelprize.org
Walcott was awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel Lecture is here. Go here for a bibliography. A 2005 video interview and a 2000 audio interview are here.
Derek Walcott on FaceBook
The New York Times Article and Resources