Melville’s world (the Nantucketer)

by tobias crabtree

 My version of Melville’s vision.

"...while under his very pillow rush herds of walruses and whales."

“…while under his very pillow rush herds of walruses and whales.”

there is a passage in chapter 14 of Moby Dick where Melville writes about the Nantucketer. he talks in such a wonderful way about the ability to sleep above the rolling seas and endless fathoms. here’s a drawing of what i see when i close my eyes and imagine that older world that Melville saw when he closed his eyes and imagined an older world yet.

"...and is rocked to sleep between the billows..."

“…and is rocked to sleep between the billows…”

time at the ocean, and in the ocean, can only add to one’s depth; there is nothing quite so vast that is so accessible. she moves in tides and currents, ebbs and flows. she is in perfect rhythm with the moon. she is a mystery complete. i can only imagine the vastness of her valleys and the soundings of the whales as they fly between the continents…and maybe they fly into another world entirely.