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By Eleni Sikelianos

My to-do list today says, “Cephalopod poem,” as in write one.  I’ve been thinking about cephalopods because I just read Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness. I’ve always loved octopuses; I might be genetically inclined to adore them, and I don’t mean to eat. I have a dim memory of seeing a tiny octopus in a tide pool in my hometown (Goleta/Santa Barbara), and still think of it as one of the most exciting things that’s ever happened to me. (Seeing nudibranchs is also very exciting—check out the Spanish shawl, Flabellina iodinea).

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Each month we invite a different blogger to discuss poetics and craft, influence and trends, and the writing life of a poet.

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