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New and Collected Poems
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, BAME, Canadian, Caribbean, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (456 pages)
(Pub. Jan 2022)
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(Pub. Jan 2022)
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Hurricane Watch: New and Collected Poems brings together Jamaican Poet Laureate Olive Senior's first four books of poetry alongside a new collection. Recipient of the Musgrave Gold Medal in 2005 from the Institute of Jamaica, Senior has long been recognised as a skilful and evocative storyteller but what this book shows is the consistency and range of her achievement.
Senior's poems are delicate, formally playful and always finely observed, whether responding to Jamaican birdlife, the larger natural world or the traces of a complicated historical inheritance. Often, and always surprisingly, her poems' brilliant descriptions and vivid, gripping narratives open out into ecological reflections, politics and culture in original, surprising and sensuous ways.
'Senior [...] has been producing poetry of beauty and historical resonance for nearly four decades. Hurricane Watch shows her continually remaking the story of cultural exile and belonging.'
Fiona Sampson, The Guardian
'I cannot think of a better way to read your way into 2022.'
Kate Kellaway, The Observer
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