Of all the poems written by Edward Kamau Brathwaite over his long and quite productive writing life, ‘The Day the First Snow Fell’ is one of his finest moments. Brathwaite, who died this past week, has written many monumental poems, long and short, experimental, and traditional, but mostly, he has written poems that reflect his life’s experiences. ‘The Day the First Snow Fell’ falls squarely into that category.