|I. Walcott walks
out on a hotel balcony and has a vision of the shape-shifting Omeros/Seven Seas as a bust.
follows Omeros in a vision and feels his own wound heal.
|Ill. He talks
with Omeros about seeing him London, not reading all of The Odyssey, and war and
||I. Omeros and
Walcott begin their descent into Hell. Omeros (and Walcott) offer poetic praise for
|Il. They speak
with the ferryman.
|Ill. They look on
the fleets from the Battle of the Saints.
||I. They look on
the damned souls in the Malebolge/Pool of Speculation -- traitors who sold land, office,
Seas tells him that the real journey is inward and motionless They see Hector in a
hell/purgatory of his own making, as well as Bennet & Ward.
discusses his own lack of faith as they look on the poets in hell. The vision ends.
reflects that Philoctete and he had the same wound and cure. The sea forgets epics.
has simplified" Achille and St. Lucia, yet history is itself simplified by the sea.
An invocation is offered to the Sun.
|Ill. The rage of
Achille--he is angry at tourists for taking pictures of tired fishermen after a long day.
||I. Seven Seas
predicts the destruction of humanity, and Achille and Philoctete go in search of a new
|Il. Achille and
Philoctete spend the night on the beach.
encounter a god-like whale.
remembers refusing to take Maud's virginity before marriage, as he allows Ma Kilman to
look for Maud in the spirit world.
encounters Maud's spirit in the doorway.
|Ill. His wound is
also healed and he gives up his project of history.
||I. Seven Seas
hears/sees the island, especially the spiritual blindness of the tourists.
recognizes the problem of seeing Helen as a classical Greek figure. The remains of
the Battle of Saintes are all buried in history.
|Ill. Children in
school learn yet ignore history.
||I. Ma Kilman's
niece, Christine, is another Helen, Seven Seas tells about the trouble Statics
encounters when he takes up with a Cherokee woman in Florida.
|Il. Achille wants
to name Helen's child after Hector. "We'll all heal."
|Ill. The Old and
New World are interlocked for Walcott in the sign of the swift.
final invocation: "I sang of quiet Achille, Afolabe's son."
|Il. Helen is a
waitress and African, not a classical Greek story.
|Ill. Achille at
work with the "sea still going on."