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The Naked Octopus: Erotic haiku in English with Japanese translations


By Gabriel Rosenstock

First edition, 2013. Illustrations by Mathew Staunton. Cathair na Mart: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-78201-048-7 (paperback), price: €9.95, £7.95, $10.95.

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With this new collection Gabriel Rosenstock returns to the poetic form he has made his own: the haiku.

The Naked Octopus charts the imaginings and adventures of an amorous sea creature who emerges from the ocean to consummate his long­standing love for a human woman. As with Hokusai’s famous woodcut The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, nothing is left to the imagi­nation and Rosenstock represents this fantastical union with an intensity and vividness unparalleled in English-language haiku writing today.

Provocative, humorous, and profoundly sensual, these gem-like poems plunge us into the long tradition of Japanese tentacle erotica, revealing a crystal clear awareness of both the natural world and human sexuality.


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