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The octopus museum : poems, Brenda Shaughnessy

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The octopus museum : poems
Title
The octopus museum
Title remainder
poems
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Brenda Shaughnessy
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Language
eng
Summary
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 generalised 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 humour) 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 civilisation
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Award
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2019.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2019
Review
/* Starred Review */ In her fifth collection, Shaughnessy (So Much Synth), who is married to PW’s director of special editorial projects, imagines a dystopian future in which octopuses reign, while humans receive their just deserts for centuries of environmental devastation. This new ruling class is dubbed the COO (Cephalopod Octopoid Overlords), and enforces strict rations (“farm-fresh slowpoke foam” and “Soapish fish braised in its own frothing broth”). Shaughnessy’s conceptual work is clever as always, but even more extraordinary is her talent for crafting musical, expressive lines that triumph in their complexity and grace: “Once a wild tentacled screaming creature every inch a kissed lip of a beloved place/ a true and relentless mind, all heart if heart is a dumb hope of reusable pump.” In the politically charged poem “Are Women People,” the COO sifts through cultural and legal detritus to determine who was and was not given status of personhood: “Children are, at the very least, future people, but anything could happen. They could be female, and a good half of them do end up as such.” Suffused with a melancholic nostalgia for what once was and what might have been, the poet turns to her inability to protect her childrens’ innocence, saying of her daughter “I hope she can learn to like lizard blood and shoelace chewing gum, because that’s what’s coming.” With an unparalleled ear for language, Shaughnessy excels at making the tragic transcendent. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 02/25/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 8, p)
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10778830
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DLC
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1970-
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Shaughnessy, Brenda
Dewey number
811.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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American poetry
Target audience
adult
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poems
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The octopus museum : poems, Brenda Shaughnessy
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000065298131
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
68 pages
Isbn
9780525655657
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(hardback)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)1045209176
Label
The octopus museum : poems, Brenda Shaughnessy
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000065298131
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
68 pages
Isbn
9780525655657
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1045209176

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