Shortlisted for a Forward Prize and the 2012 Fenton Aldeburgh Award, and currently a set text for the EMC English Language and Literature A Level.
Breaking Silence is a collection divided between immediacy and contemplative reflection; between the need to speak and the desire to remain silent; between rhythms that trip down the page and the sobering appeal of less freewheeling poetic forms.
Ben Wilkinson, Times Literary Supplement (May 25, 2012)
We get the inside story on black attitude as a pre-emptive tactic, a kind of mean cool for warding off encroachments on private space won from anger, discrimination and silence…”
Douglas Houston, Poetry Review (Volume 102:1 Spring 2012)
Sam-La Rose manages to conflate a personal poetry of witness as a second-generation Caribbean with issues of identity, masculinity, spirituality and entitlement, all with an easy grace.
Karen McCarthy Woolf, Poetry London (Spring 2013)
…in my mind this is the first literary poetry book that feels to me like a Black British work as opposed to a Caribbean heritage writer reaching into memory and symbol for the Caribbean.
Roger Robinson, Wasafiri (Spring 2014)