The octopus museum : poems

by Brenda Shaughnessy

Hardcover, 2019






New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.


"This collection of bold and scathingly beautiful feminist poems imagines what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics. Informed 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: 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) envisions 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"--… (more)

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LibraryThing member VioletBramble
A collection of poems about how humans are surviving on Earth as exhibits in an Octopus Museum since cephalopods took over the planet. They were mad at humans about pollution,, violence and hatred. They learned our languages and managed to take over computer systems in no time at all due to their intelligence, numerous arms and ability to adapt.
This is a strange but overall very good collection.
The book cover is the prettiest of all the books I've read this year.
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