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Praise for Olive Senior's poetry
...seeming fluency can lead us to ignore the rigorous technical virtuosity of Senior's writing - her play with the iambic, her innovative use of line breaks and line shapes, and her fascinating and satisfying use of rhyme, particularly internal rhyme and assonance. These qualities do not announce themselves, they simply emerge as part of the musicality of the poems.
CHIMO
Over the Roofs of the World Over the Roofs of the World
Poetry
Trade paperback
1894663829
Publisher: Insomniac Press
Shortlisted for the Governor-General's Award for Poetry

Using nature as both model and metaphor ... Olive Senior delves into birds, flying, and thread.... in her third book of poems.
Olive Senior's Over the Roofs of the World is a richly crafted, cunning and precise collection of poems. The songs found here move gently through the world and summon grace.
JUDGES' CITATION, 2005 GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR POETRY

Olive Senior's poetic sensibility is one deeply in tune with the profound rhythms of a global dynamic ...
JOURNAL OF WEST INDIAN LITERATURE

Over the Roofs of the World soars. ... Systems of symbolism, colour, and folklore build over the course of the book until a virtual world is created, rich with texture, history, and passion.
QUILL AND QUIRE

a real triumph of poetic journeying...
THE GLOBE AND MAIL

witty, sophisticated and wise... Senior has the confidence of the master wordsmith.
THE JAMAICA SUNDAY OBSERVER

Charmingly subversive
TORONTO STAR

Over the Roofs of the World has scope in style - from its roots in Jamaican oral culture to lofty lyrical meditations - as well as tone from comic portraits to melancholy reflections on belonging.
CBC

Senior's language ... [is]crisp, precise, rich with significance and signifying.
CARIBBEAN REVIEW OF BOOKS

This is poetry for the conscious and reflective Atlantic mind upon whose awareness of cultures and histories Senior can play her subtle games.
JAMAICA JOURNAL

Senior has once again demonstrated the skills of a master weaver, ensuring her place in the pantheon of Caribbean literary greats.
JOURNAL OF WEST INDIAN LITERATURE