Kevin Andrew Murphy


The Octopus

It’s English, so we’re making fusses
About a bunch of octopuses.
If you would like the rhyme, then why
Should not a pair be octopi?
Or if it makes for fairer odes
The plural could be octopodes.
The point is moot. And silly. VERY.
The octopus is solitary.

Kevin Andrew Murphy writes fiction as well as poetry. He’s most known as a long-standing contributor to George R.R. Martin’s shared world anthology series Wild Cards ( and has a number of short stories set in the universe coming out this year from Tor and Voyager. He lives in California with two whippets, brews mead, reads folklore, and enjoys himself. For more info check out