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The Octopus Game
Nicky Beer



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2015 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-593-0



“I can’t help but ‘succumb to the enamored, oceanic maw’ of these poems. I love their horror and humility, their playfulness. Implicating me in the... [continued in Reviews below]”—Camille Dungy, author of Smith Blue,

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Highly intelligent and a master of camouflage, the octopus is a creature destined to thrive in the poetic ecosystem. In The Octopus Game, the figure of the octopus shape-shifts and reinvents itself throughout ocean depths, tide pools, aquariums, gardens, movies, pulp novels, fine art, and nightmares. Nicky Beer acts as the strange documentarian recording the bizarre, beautiful, and disturbing habits of creatures for whom subterfuge and mimicry are a means of survival.

Reviews / Endorsements

“I can’t help but ‘succumb to the enamored, oceanic maw’ of these poems. I love their horror and humility, their playfulness. Implicating me in the mysterious beauty of the universe, Nicky Beer connects the reader to the octopus, connects the octopus to the reader, and connects us all to her poems’ surprising subjects. Drawing insights from least predictable places, these poems are ‘a lesson in how ardor ignites not in unlikeness, but unlikelihood.’ ”—Camille Dungy, author of Smith Blue

“I read The Octopus Game while searching for octopods on a scientific cruise in the Gulf of Alaska. I was delighted to be inspired by Beer’s passion for octopods, and her unpredictable and refreshing poems. I love this book.”—Dr. Elaina Jorgensen



NICKY BEER is the author of the poetry collection The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2010). She has received a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a scholarship and a fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Campbell Corner Prize, and a Discovery/The Nation Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver.



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