Monday, January 25, 2016

Reading Moby-Dick, Pt. 2

I ran into Elizabeth Schultz last Thursday at a poetry reading at The Raven. She commented on how she didn't enjoy Why Read Moby-Dick because, as she says, "It's all about the whale!"

She is also looking for poems about Moby-Dick for an anthology:

Dear Colleagues--In Moby-Dick, Melville describes his tattooed harpooner, Queequeg, as "a riddle to unfold; a wondrous work in one volume." In this description, Melville challenges readers to try to unfold or understand his own "wondrous work in one volume." Since the Melville Revival of 1930, Moby-Dick continues to inspire a multiplicity and diversity of interpretations and readers—critics, artists, dramatists, cartoonists, politicians, film-makers, dramatists, poets—to use a mosaic of means to respond to his novel.
In the anticipation of publishing an anthology of poems responding to Moby-Dick, we would like to invite poetry submissions of one-to-five pages (this may include several poems or one long poem), totaling no more than 1400 words. So many media offer viable modes of response to Moby-Dick, but perhaps it is in poetry that we might weave most intricately, dive most deeply in response to his novel.
Please send your submissions to Kylan Rice ( and Elizabeth Schultz ( by July 1, 2016.

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