Tuesday 29 January 2008

Olive Senior's latest reviewed in The Star

Barbara Carey has written a wonderful review of Olive Senior's latest book Shell. As Olive's editor, I am happy to share the news. Here's a snippet:

In one particularly powerful poem, a shell on a beach becomes an instrument whose music is

"a blast-out, everybody's
history . . . a full
genealogy of this beach, this island people."

In the opening poem, Senior writes from the point of view of a mollusk, teasingly suggesting,

"Take my chambered shell apart. Brace yourselves for whirlwinds
coiled at my heart."

So it is with all the work in this collection: polished and gracefully shaped, but also engagingly passionate.

Read the whole review here, while the link lasts.

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