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Praise for Olive Senior's poetry
Olive Senior is go-between: a poet who mediates, who makes connection,
between the sacred and the profane, the mythic and the historic,
woman's 'craft' and man's 'art,' oral and scribal word, small Caribbean island
and the world, the past and the present, all the various homes of our belonging.
Since its publication, Gardening in the Tropics
has remained a favourite of readers
everywhere; it is a textbook in Caribbean schools and is taught at universities around
the world. For more reviews and references see
... much reflection, ice-cool in style and tone, immaculately crafted. The
writing is sharp, pointed, alive....
BWIA CARIBBEAN BEAT
Here we have the Caribbean demotic seriously pressed into service of literary
art ... The result is irony, humour, pathos, reflections, folklore and history all
interwoven into poetry that is finely crafted and frankly pleasurable. ...
This collection is a delight... It's particularly enjoyable to see how gracefully
Senior pivots on a common point of reference - hurricanes, gardening, or
African gods - within linked series of poems.
She manages to be serious without being heavy, making skilful use of
deceptively low-key voices. ...The effect is both exhilarating and disturbing...
... she can write with an almost off-hand brilliance ...
As in all poetry dealing with landscape, the imaginative geography is not an
end in itself but points to something beyond itself. It is the symbolic force of
the tropical garden that forms the intellectual centre of this book ... .