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The Octopus Museum by Brenda Shaughnessy
Mar 19, 2019 | ISBN 9780525655657
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    Mar 19, 2019 | ISBN 9780525655657

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“Like octopuses, Shaughnessy’s poems manage to be both fleshy and cerebral, concerned with a self that breathes through fragile skin. She offers up these beautiful innards through her words; they twist agony into acceptance only to return and be picked apart again, a recognizable cycle of motherhood and womanhood—humanhood, depending on your definition.” —Nikki Shaner-Bradford, The Paris Review
“An immersive tour of social and ecological calamities, as well as an elegy for the present.” —Matthew Johnstone, BookPage

“A highly original look at the world as it is today and the dangers we seem intent on inflicting upon ourselves . . . Shaughnessy writes startling poems that are both intellectually wide-ranging and emotionally riveting.” —Ginny Lowe Connors, New York Journal of Books

“Part sci-fi and part reality, The Octopus Museum is as unsettling as it is hypnotic. The poems take you into an alternate reality where, because of humanity’s shortcomings, cephalopods rule the earth. Brimming with maternal anxiety, scathing humor, and enduring terror, these poems are nothing short of a call to action.” —Logan Voss, Fupping

“Musical, expressive lines that triumph in their complexity and grace . . . With an unparalleled ear for language, Shaughnessy excels at making the tragic transcendent.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A breakthrough book . . . Ambitious in concept and structure.” —Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

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