The image represents my underwater emblem for oceanic writing:
The book’s preface names it “a living dumbe Speaking Library in the sea” (Vox Piscis, 17), calling out to England “like another Jonas…out of the belly of the Fish” (34). This ocean-text captures the alluring fantasy of a truly maritime literary culture. Perhaps we don’t want to write from fish’s bellies, or even pretend to do so. But real wisdom emerges from human encounters with the slimy deeps, if we are willing to go down there after it.
The blog was also at one time called “Blue Humanities Blog” and it’s still a blue humanities watery sort of place.
Thanks to the Folger for allowing me to use their image as my blog-emblem!