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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. We were uite literally gunning for our own extinction it now seems obvious If not by pandemic or self inflicted extreme climate events or bordernation hysteria gleefully murderous cops and presidents and dictators the infinite variations of pollution and cruelty and deliberate ignorance we threw children in prison we let them be sold and who was we we wondernow that we are no longer us Encounters with Rauschenberg uite literally gunning for our own extinction it now seems obvious If not by pandemic or self inflicted extreme climate events or bordernation hysteria gleefully murderous cops and presidents and dictators the infinite variations of pollution and cruelty and deliberate ignorance we threw children in prison we let them be sold and who was we we wondernow that we are no longer Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries us

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The Octopus Museum

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. 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 the larger collection here and there are a handful of cringy try hard dictive choices that do not work at all That said this is freuently very very beautiful and a bit near impenetrable in the wonderful ways uality poetry often is it s been a while since I ve have to excavate so rewardingly individual turns of phrase and thematic spinnings The first section in particular is so perfect that it largely sets up the rest of the work to disappoint even as it remains mostly very good Somewhat inconsistent and not always woven together elegantly but with individual entries as strong as anything I ve read in a while Beyond the Pale uality poetry often is it s been a while since I ve have to excavate so rewardingly individual turns of phrase and thematic spinnings The first section in particular is so perfect that it largely sets The Black Ice Score (Parker, up the rest of the work to disappoint even as it remains mostly very good Somewhat inconsistent and not always woven together elegantly but with individual entries as strong as anything I ve read in a while

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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


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 collection that reflects on the issues of times with a rather pessimistic The language is often beautiful and the device of se

  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 uestion and answer And yet re readable and yielding a little bit with ea

  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 so

  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 that going vegan and having children to spread love around can’t make any kind of positive differe

  5. says:

    I am clearly in the minority but I did not like this collection I found the writing and thoughts disharmonious and incongruo

  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 the larger collection here and there are a handful of cringy try hard dictive choices that do not work at all That said this is freuently very very beautiful and a bit near impenetrable in the wonderful ways uality poetry o

  7. says:

    We were uite literally gunning for our own extinction it now seems obvious If not by pandemic or self inflicted extreme climate events or bordernation hysteria gleefully murderous cops and presidents and dictators the infinite variations of pollution and cruelty and deliberate ignorance we threw children in prison we let them be sold and who was we? we wondernow that we are no longer us

  8. says:

    From “Letter from an Elder” “Have we even understood us? We were the humans a bafflement of evolution most species evolve to live; we devolved to evil Most infinitesimal specks get suashed by a much bigger foot and maybe we’re not the only dot of a species to die of its own self hatred but we are rare We were rare The lovely planet may be salvaged with our extinction—I won’t live to know but it would be some last lightI cling

  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 individu

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