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The Octopus Frets

The Octopus Frets: political poems is a book of surrealist and automatic poetry by Daniel C. Boyer. It was published in Hancock, Michigan in the spring of 1994.

The Octopus Frets is dedicated to Franklin and Penelope Rosemont[?].

Its frontispiece, "The Enigma of Tex Avery," was also done by the author.

The book was highly controversial, praised in a review in the magazine Spam but widely decried for its alleged "shock value." It was described by reviewer Danielle Nierenberg in the Monmouth College Oracle as "better left unread."


  • Pismires and Bees
  • "A Long Night in Portugal"
  • "Heraldic victory the chance of snow" (Part I)
  • "The 'feather-man' waits"
  • "Hey"
  • On Progressive Unemployment
  • "The pomegranate feathers"
  • "The nuncio of shattered dreams"
  • When
  • "A cello buried as a mole" (For Tex Avery)
  • "Freedom is used as a word which might mean anything"
  • "Through the rectum of a vanished day"
  • The Snakeskin Launch
  • Nice 1934
  • "I have lived two years without love"
  • Milk
  • Pineapple (Part I)
  • The Nikolitis (Part I)
  • The Octopus Frets

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