Show Hide image Culture 29 May 2008 Walcott VS Naipaul Extracts from Derek Walcott's The Mongoose - a searing attack on VS Naipaul at the Calabash By Derek Walcott COMMENTS Sign UpGet the New Statesman’s Morning Call email. Sign-up The Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott undertook a literary feud with VS Naipaul in verse. Here, we reprint "The Mongoose". So the old mongoose, still making good money Is a burnt out comic, predictable, unfunny The joy of supplements, his minstrel act Delighting editors endorsing facts Over fiction, tearing colleagues and betters To pieces in the name of English letters The feathers fly, the snow comes drifting down The mongoose keeps its class act as a clown It can do cartwheels of exaggeration Mostly it snivels, proud of being Asian Of being attached to nothing, race or nation It would be just as if a corpse took pride in its decay After its gift had died and off the page its biles exude the stench of envy, "la pourriture" in French cursed its first breath for being Trinidadian then wrote the same piece for the English Guardian Once he liked humans, how long ago this was The mongoose wrote "A House for Mr Biswas". This is a transcript taken from Derek Walcott's reading and while we have made every effort to report it accurately, the original may not look like this in terms of layout, punctuation etc. Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!