Review: The Octopus Curse

The Octopus Curse is Dr.Salma Farooq’s second book. It is a collection of beautiful poems about love, heartbreak, resilience, travel, self-love, feminity and women’s issues.

Filled with beautiful illustrations and deep impactful poems, this is a book that undoubtedly deserves a place on your bookshelf. The poem talks about a variety of issues and will touch your heart through its honest writing.

I love the title of this book and how beautifully the author has connected a woman to an Octopus and called it a curse.

Throughout the book there are several comparisons, one that I really liked:
The Octopus can complete a full body transformation in three tenths of a second, changing colours more than a hundred times in an hour, and despite these incredible abilities, she is herself colour-blind, and unaware that she is a miracle.

I am a huge fan of modern poetry, I love how straight-forward it is and yet have such a deep impact. The Octopus Curse by Salma Farooq definitely doesn’t disappoint. My copy is full of dog-eared pages (don’t judge) because there were so many poems that left me thinking that wow this was amazing, I am definitely coming back to read this again. Honestly, if you’re into modern poetry, I highly recommend this book.

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Life-cycle,
Is such a terrible oxymoron.
Because the ending
Has got me thinking
About the beginning,
And no matter how fast
My memories pedal,
There’s no way
To go back around.

-‘One-way ticket’

 “I believe that words are powerful. They can heal or destroy, turn people against each other or bring the whole world together. I made a conscious decision to share my words. My hope is that they spread love, positivity, bring healing and let others know that they are not alone. I pray that in the grand scheme of things, my words are one of the tiny elements that will create a better world, a beautiful one where humans live in mutual respect, love and harmony.” – Salma Farooq, Author’s note.

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