In Moby-Dick, Melville describes his tattooed harpooner, Queequeg, as “a riddle to unfold; a wondrous work in one volume”—a description perhaps equally fitting for his novel at large. Since the Melville Revival of 1930, Moby-Dick has inspired a multiplicity of interpretations and readers—including critics, artists, dramatists, cartoonists, politicians, film-makers, dramatists, and poets—to use a mosaic of means as various as Queequeg’s tattoos to unfold this work of riddles and wonders.
In 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 fitting response to the lyrical warp and weft of Melville’s great novel.
Please send your submissions to Elizabeth Schultz and Kylan Rice at (mobydickpoetry [at] gmail.com) by July 1, 2016.