Cephalopography 2.0 is as much a passionate celebration of cephalopods in all their plurality and finery as it is a collection of poems exploring human identity and experience through the lens of these marine animals. Through experimental takes on traditional poetic forms such as ghazals, tankas and cinquains, as well as more contemporary forms, Rasiqra Revulva delves into ecopoetics and marine biology, creating unique and beautifully composed poems. Cephalopography 2.0 plunges into the depths of human experience to pull out diverse perspectives of how cephalopods and humanity are linked together in ways that stretch beyond the land and the sea.
Rasiqra Revulva is a queer femme writer, multimedia artist, editor, musician, performer and SciComm advocate. She is an editor of the climate crisis anthology Watch Your Head: A Call to Action, and one half of the experimental electronic duo The Databats (Slice Records, Melbourne; Toronto). She has published two chapbooks of glitch-illustrated poetry: Cephalopography (words(on)pages press, 2016) and If You Forget the Whipped Cream, You're No Good As A Woman (Gap Riot Press, 2018). Cephalopography 2.0 is her debut collection. Learn more at @rasiqra_revulva, @thedatabats and www.rasiqrarevulva.com.
"Strange and marvellous as the deep sea, full of beauty, fear, myth, play, multiple hearts and legs, these are poems of invention, creativity, self, sex and surprise which celebrate the marvellous glitch that is life - what it is to be alive, to communicate. Here our tongue is a tentacle alert to the weird and sensual beauty of language, to the alien and ourselves as we navigate the vibrant dark that is our home. This twisted squidster is a wonder." - Gary Barwin, author of For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe