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The Octopus Curse

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Science would have us believe that we are nothing but cell upon cell. I disagree. We are made up of stories. The stories we hear from our mothers, the ones we tell our daughters. The tales we share with sisters and friends. The ones we never say out loud, but are heavy on our minds and run like a fever in our blood.

There are a multitude of great divides between
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 1st 2019 by SeaShell Publications
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Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
4/5 ⭐

Thank you so much to the author for kindly sending me an e-copy of her poetry collection in exchange for an honest opinion. All thoughts are my own.

This book is a beautiful collection of poems that the reader can completely relate to and connect with. It has stunning illustrations inside that really make it unique and even more beautiful. The collection is divided into different parts, all introduced with truly interesting facts about octopi hm is that really the plural of "octopus"? Idek which I
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
As you all know, poetry is not my forte. And everything clingy is something I'm always avoiding. But believe me, The Octopus Curse nail it! It exceeds all my earlier expectations. I shouldn't make a hasty decision just because of the title. So you could say I've learned my lesson.

First of all, let's appreciate the cover! It's spectacular. Not only that, the arts are fantastic which was included in every chapter. It's a beautiful symmetry. Pretty much amazing.

Its more than just words of passion
Emily (Emily Reads)
An absolutely beautiful collection of poetry! I really enjoyed this book, this author is a wonderful writer! So many of the poems were just so powerful and had a deep meaning and I love that so much about poetry! I love when it makes you think and when you can connect to it on a personal level, it’s like the author just takes the words right out of your mouth!
I especially loved the last poem and thought that it was the perfect ending to the book!

*I Kindly received a copy of thi
Athina Gilmore
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
❝ I'm struggling to be heard in a world that demands I be naked before I even open my mouth, and even then, they say speak softly. ❞

It's been such a pleasure to read this poetry collection. It's a very emotional and personal experience to read someone else's thoughts and feelings and be able to fully connect with them, see them. I also came to appreciate the beautiful artwork 🖤

It's definitely a very sensitive poetry collection and i am 100% recommending this if you're a fan of poetry and a hopel
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intricate and beautiful book of poetry.
Thank you Salma Farook for sending this to me.

I found this collection of poetry totally spellbinding, something that I really connected to emotionally and spiritually. I especially love the busy cover and the illustrations along the way. Not only do you read the words Salma has put to paper, but you feel them deep within too. These poems have meaning, and even if you cant relate to a few, you come away with an intense understanding of the
Nabila Shaikh
The Octopus curse is a beautiful book of poems dealing with a variety of important topics/issues such as feminism, rape, patriarchy etc. I sincerely thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was so raw and touching. (I actually teared up quite a few times).
Salma has done such an amazing job with it. I could actually feel all the effort that went into creating this. Every poem struck a chord within me and I could relate to it so much. Uncannily, it's like she wrote everything I have e
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Wow! This was such an amazing read. But the word amazing doesn't even begin to cover this book. It was brilliant and touched me to the core. This is probably going to come out as one big ramble on my part but this collection of poems really blew me away! Last year I read the author's inspirational nonfiction (What Your Soul Already Knows) and this book also a huge winner for me but I gotta say that The Octopus Curse just confirmed that Salma Farook is such a talented author. I adore her writing ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-and-poems
This book felt like a confession, of stories and lives of those written in glory, of their struggles and pains. The words that inked the pages as a reminder of those soul's lost battles with their demons and songs of victories. These were the stories of living, breathing women, surviving and conquering the world with their strengths. Some stories you could relate to and some you don't. But you still understand, acknowledge their existence like a fellow comrade consoling the loss of another's. Th ...more
Khyati Gautam
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook is a tapestry of delightful poems that touches upon several themes of love, women, heartbreak, rape, etc softly and powerfully. Each segment in the book starts off with the characteristic of an Octopus explained and compared to human traits. It is wonderful to see how the author plays with words to create a surreal impression on the readers. The poems sift through various theme and that makes them both interesting and appealing. A few poems truly made me marvel ...more
Lois (thecarrotstories)
Exceptionally beautiful! I’ve always had a thing for poetry that I can relate to or that has so much depth about society and life. And this, my friends, has the essence that I crave for in every poetry ever.

Firstly, I’d like to say that I absolutely love the concept the author used in creating each section of the book. Using different characteristics of an octopus as a main theme, she clusters her collection of poetries into these different section. I thought it was a brilliant idea!
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Octopus Curse is a beautiful collection of poetry that is filled with gorgeous imagery and raw emotion. While I don't normally read a lot of poetry, I loved that so many different topics were discussed in these passages. Additionally, the illustrations throughout the collection are absolutely incredible. At under 200 pages, this is a quick read that offers you an alternative escape from the typical novel reading.

Thank you to the author for providing an eARC for review. This did not influen
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-a-day, 2019
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really beautiful poetry collection! It covers topics of love, heartbreak, self-doubt, and finding confidence in yourself. There were a lot of lines that struck me, and the writing overall is really beautiful. As with all poetry collections, there were poems that I liked more than others, and poems I found a bit cliche or repetitive.

Some favorites of mine from the collection are: "Many of the stars we see at night are
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking, a wonderful collection

I was approached by the author a few monthes ago if I would be interested in reviewing her poetry collection. I am so glad she did.

The layout of work flowed beautifully from one to the next. Most collections like this generally only have a few pieces that will stick out but I really enjoyed the majority of what was presented.
There was one that made me look at some things I've experienced in my own life in a new light. It turned something I o
Aishah Humaira'
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keeps me
On the ground,
But you are
A much
stronger force;
The one that brings my lips up
To a smile.”

- Theory of Relativity, The Octopus Curse

Beautiful, enthralling and empowering!

The Octopus Curse brought me to tears once I reached its final pages. It was indeed filled with clingy love poems, but they were written in such a wonderful way and they were so much more than just about love between a woman and a man. It was also about self-lov
Hayley (Backpacking Bookworm)
I was a little apprehensive before reading this book as it’s the first poetry collection I’ve read since high school. I rarely enjoyed decrypting poems and digging deep to find meanings. I have never resonated with a poem or felt a strong connection deep in my soul.

That is until I read The Octopus Curse.

These poems are unlike any poems I’ve read before. They are raw and insightful, and every line is packed with emotion, straight from the heart. I had to take a moment after each poem
Astha Vyas
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The peaceful Octopus on the yellow cover, instantly familiarised me with the theme of the book.

Honestly, I am naturally biased towards poets, but having said that, I am extremely critical of poetry. It is so easy for each one of us to be called poets by writing popular themed short poem; but it is increasingly difficult to behold the meaning and construct a structure around it.

Salma Farook has done a commendable job at writing this book full of poems that seem an extensio
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to say a big thank you to Salma for reaching out to me and asking if i'd like to review her poetry; I have fallen in love with poetry over the last year and so was thrilled to find a new poet to add to my collection.

I want to start by saying how much I love the cover art for this book and the page designs throughout the story; I felt that the imagery added such a story to the poems and really brought them to life. I love when a book has art throughout it because it really helps me conn
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
First off, I want to thank Salma Farook for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

My rating: 4/5 stars.

The Octopus Curse is a collection of poems about love, respect, heartbreak, loss, death, healing, self-reflection and finding confidence within yourself. I really enjoyed how simplistic the poems were and how they evoked such a real and raw emotions. You can definitely understand the meaning and lessons behind them. The book is divided into six sections, each sect
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Octopus curse is a collection of poetry, which has been broken up into six different sections of similarly themed poems.
The author introduces every segment by different characteristic (or body parts) of an octopus and then correlates it to humans and humanity. Every poem in these sections connects with those characteristics.
However, the poetry does not rhyme but poems are short and easy to read. It is a plus point for the people who are starting out in this genre. I personally loved i
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know you have stumbled upon real good poetry when you feel like you could have written it yourself. This is how much I related to Salma’s poems.

Every page felt as if it was speaking to me about me. About how I felt and how I should feel.

Is it possible to crave
What you have never had?
All I want to do
I’d be with you,
Anywhere you want, I’ll go.
And we just said

-‘I think my soul has met you before.’

-Salma Farook
A collection of powerful heart-wrenching poems w
Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Reflective and thematically engaging collection

I enjoyed the themed focus and feel like I connected to the writing as the subject matter darkened - i felt the early parts of the collection may appeal to younger readers particularly, but what I appreciated most was the movement through the complexities and "life cycle" of love. for me parts 4 and 5 were my favorite, and I loved the octopus facts we got at the start of each part! I did feel like some of that thematic cohesiveness that was really st
Valery Tikappa
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Octopus Curse is a collection of insta-poetry and Salma Farook has worked it all out beautifully.

The collection presents poems of various themes, divided into parts linked by interludes about the octopus, which I found very nice.
Salma in her poems talks about love and broken hearts, self-confidence, family, friendship, intelligence and beauty, all accompanied by splendid mandala-style images along with Indian-inspired hands, things that I loved and found a beautiful reminde
Hana Bilqisthi
Nov 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: puisi
In a world where my shape,
My hair, my legs, and my skin
Need to be perfect
Before I can take
A step forwars,
She cannot she that
My modesty is the
Grandest act of rebellion
-Salma Farook, The Octopus Curse

I am currently reading The Octopus Curse by @salma.farook and I enjoyed it so far 😍

The book is beautiful inside out. The cover is pretty and it also has lots beautiful illustrations and graphics 😍

The best part i
Book Maniac Forever
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The Octopus Curse is a really beautiful collection of poems! I’m not usually a reader of poetry, but I found this work truly inspiring. The diverse subjects mentioned are powerful and touched me. They vary from love, to heartbreak, to loss, to travelling and all have the same impact. I enjoyed the different sections of the book with the octopus’s facts that brought the main subject of the following poems. It was an original way to introduce the themes. Overall, this novel was a great entertainment pa ...more
Silvia (The Avid Reader)
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Who said poetry should rhyme to be considered poetry? Rhyme does not a poem make! There are so many elements of poetry other than rhyme.

I’ve read a lot of poems for my Literature class, and a lot of them I found boring. This however, is the poetry I’d love to read, the poetry that makes me interested in turning the page and read more, feel more.

The Octopus Curse is written in six sections, each section starts with the description of a characteristic of an octopus. That characteristic relates t
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 rounded up to five because hello! That was beautiful. The narrative, the construction, and the message of this collection is stunning. Poetry is hard to rate, but I found Salma Farook so easy to hear in her works. If you enjoy modern poetry I really think you should pick this one up.

P.s it's free in Kindle right now!
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wonder how
The first man felt
When he strung together
Different sounds,
Deep from his lungs
Formed them into words,
And realised he had found,
From within himself;
- ‘Words’
The author contacted me asked me to read and review her collection of poems "The Octopus Curse: A Collection of Clingy Poems". And, what can I say, I loved them! Some of them touched me and even brought tears to my eyes.
The language is straightf
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I love a poem book and this one was right up my street!
The poems in this book were so beautiful and heart touching, and there were some really relatable ones too!
This is without a doubt a book I will definitely keep going back too - the author is an incredible writer and I am so happy I was able to review this book.

The illustrations in this book were beautiful, so so pret
Kanwarpal Singh
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Octopus curse is book by Salma Farook where she divided the book in 6 section first section talk about her love life crush, hypothetical examples, her confession , misunderstanding, bridging the gap, trip to Bangkok, listening to heart, reckless decisions, don't get cornered by yourself, breakup.
Section 2nd in search if love in concentric circles, unsaid feelings, fall for her again, silence and absence, didn't get love back, parent possessiveness, staying together, apologize , self
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read a full collection of poems before but I have always enjoyed reading poetry online. I love Rupi Kaur and this is definitely in a similar style and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection.

I identified with many of the poems within the collection, particularly ‘Loud’, ‘Necessary’ and ‘Phantom Limb’. It felt very personal to Farook, and I loved delving into her mind - it was beautiful and thought provoking and deep. For this reason it was impossible to connect with t
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Salma Farook is a Seychelloise doctor, writer and poet. A mental health and positive-thinking advocate, she strongly believes in the role of interfaith harmony and the power of words in making a positive impact on the world.

She was born on the islands to two ‘very Indian’ parents. She grew up on the islands and went on to complete Med-school in India. She believes the scenic beauty of