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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. 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 rise of plastics Initially I appreciated the definition of people and then it went on ad nauseam and I wanted to toss the book aside I wish I had

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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. 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 seeing ourselves through the eyes of another is illuminating Are Women People was a favorite

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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


About the Author: Brenda Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa Japan in 1970 and grew up in Southern California She received her BA in literature and women's studies at the University of California Santa Cruz and she earned an MFA at Columbia UniversityShe is the author of Human Dark with Sugar Copper Canyon Press 2008 winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and Interior with



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

  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 each readThe Idea of Others An animal is scritching in the wall behind my bed At first I thought it was some kind of water crackling in a heating pipe but what kind of water stops when you thump the wall? I don’t mean to be mean I

  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 sounds false or forced The subjects are wide ranging really an extraordinary mix of different varieties of perfect

  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 c

  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 ov

  6. says:

    Kind of an odd read Partitioned into a few titled sections The Octopus Museum follows course in feeling a bit too disparate

  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 le

  8. says:

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

  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

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