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Visions an age where cephalopods might rule over humankind a fate she suggests we may just deserve after destroying their oceans These heartbreaking terrified poems are the battle cry of a woman who is fighting for the survival of the world she loves and a stirring exhibition of who we are as a civilization. Every time I read one of Brenda Shaughnessy s books I am infuriated by how easy she makes it look to write amazing poetry I can t remember the last time I raced through a book of poetry like it was a thriller novel but here it is

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The Octopus Museum

This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction racism sexism and divisive politicsInformed by Brenda Shaughnessy's craft as a poet and her worst fears as a mother the poems in The Octopus Museum blaze forth from her pen. Gorgeous uniue language line by line and poem by poem It s free verse and yet it falls into comforting familiar rhythms and never sounds false or forced The subjects are wide ranging really an extraordinary mix of different varieties of perfectly observed moments The book itself is gorgeous too a largish hardcover that s such a treat to hold and to smell with an ink in water jacket photo that seems just right for the poems inside not completely random and yet open to allowing a beautiful chaos in

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In these pages we see that what was once a generalized fear for our children car accidents falling from a tree is now hyper reasonable specific and multiple school shootings nuclear attack loss of health care a polluted planet As Shaughnessy conjures our potential future she movingly and often with humor en. This is a bizarre set of poems kinda dystopian kinda environmentalist that imagines the world has been taken over by octopus overlords Plastics waste and guns have degraded human society to such an extent that going vegan and having children to spread love around can t make any kind of positive difference any It s too late This is the after picture but it s wry than bleak If you want to know what we all could have done differently to prevent the situation we re in now I have one word for you everything Several poems are in the form of prose letters or notes on an exhibition I liked some of the kooky lines and the gently misanthropic tone but this was overall a little too odd for meA favorite passage We let guns kill our children on a daily basis Who are we to say the Octopodes did anything worse They re an ink species They overwrote us They disassembled our guns by dissolving our systems in the middle of our own shoot out What we thought was gun smoke was ink cloud The writing was never on the wall it was in the water


10 thoughts on “The Octopus Museum

  1. says:

    This poetry collection imagines a time in the future when our octopus overlords create a museum to remember the human species and its racism misogyny and total disregard for the natural world It is a rather melancholy col

  2. says:

    My favourite poems are the ones that when read feel like they answer a uestion I didn't know I had hadn't yet formed the poem as simultaneous ue

  3. says:

    Gorgeous uniue language line by line and poem by poem It's free verse and yet it falls into comforting familiar rhythms and never sou

  4. says:

    This is a bizarre set of poems – kinda dystopian kinda environmentalist – that imagines the world has been taken over by octopus overlords Plastics waste and guns have degraded human society to such an extent

  5. says:

    I am clearly in the minority but I did not like this collection I found the writing and thoughts disharmonious and incongruous Octopi take over the world because humans have destroyed the world I agreed with the letter about the ris

  6. says:

    Kind of an odd read Partitioned into a few titled sections The Octopus Museum follows course in feeling a bit too disparate Both thematic and formal shifts are pronounced and seemingly haphazard in their integration into th

  7. says:

    We were uite literally gunning for our own extinction it now seems obvious If not by pandemic or self inflicted e

  8. says:

    From “Letter from an Elder” “Have we even understood us? We were the humans a bafflement of evolution mos

  9. says:

    Every time I read one of Brenda Shaughnessy's books I am infuriated by how easy she makes it look to write amazing poetry I can't remember the last time I raced through a book of poetry like it was a thriller novel but here it is

  10. says:

    I appreciated the whole of this book than its individual parts The overall theme of the book the octopoids and their domination of mankind the museum of The Times Before that resonated with me and I thought was well doneThe individual

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