Saturday, November 02, 2019

Clingy and Mesmerising Love Poetry: The Octopus Curse by Salma Farook [Book Review]

Title: The Octopus Curse
Author: Salma Farook
Publisher: SeaShell Publications
Genres: Poetry
Format: E-book
Publication Date: November 1st 2019
Pages: 156

Synopsis (Goodreads): 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 us; race, religion, cultures, the way we dress, the languages we speak, but the stories we tell bridge us together in the universal tongue of smiles, tears, pain and laughter. They remind us that, as women, we’re all chasing similar fairy-tales.

This book is a call to celebrate the bridges, delight in our stories and to focus on the joy in our lives right now, rather than racing behind the happily-ever-after. That will come in it’s own time.


My rating: 5 / 5 ★

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-loving, and caring about those who should be loved more by the world. Not only did the poet show how beautiful being in love could be, she also showed how falling out of love and loss would be, and one should not hate themselves for going through the inevitable.

I love how the poems were connected to the beautiful facts of an octopus; despite the book being titled "octopus curse", it felt more like a miracle somehow. Women have to go through so much just to be loved by the world, and this poetry collection further proves that women are stronger than they let themselves believe.

I do admit that I was not able to relate to all the poems (and trust me when I say I bookmarked more than half of the poems from the collection), but the way they were written was absolutely mesmerising that I found myself re-reading them again and again just so that I can find my own meaning through them. It made me more curious as to what were in the poet's mind, as she wrote every single piece of this poetry collection.

If you're a poetry lover, I definitely recommend this beautiful collection of "clingy" poems.

Thank you to the author, Salma Farook, for sending me an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review. The Octopus Curse is currently free on Amazon from November 1st to November 5th, so don't miss this chance!


The octopus sometimes severs an arm to escape, and when she bleeds her blood runs blue. Luckily, she regrows lost limbs. So many years of evolution later, it is time to believe that I can do it too. Let go, and heal. Grow.

Till next time ♡ Love, Aishah Humaira'


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