Call for Submissions: Metal

Call for Submissions: Metal

Next up at Poetry is Dead! Heavy Metal: the aesthetics, politics, rhythms and lyrics of hard rock's twisted sister. From cheezy, gender ambiguous glam, to church burning black metal, to technical death metal face melters, this is a music of bold choices, blast beats, and general brutality. 

We encourage you to think very broadly about what constitutes "metal." For example, Link Wray, a Shawnee musician, is considered by some to be the godfather of metal, and was the first rock guitarist to use distorted guitar sound in his music. Though his style is similar to Dick Dale's, Wray, who lost a lung in the Korean war and CONTINUED TO ROCK, may be one of the most metal performers of all time. 

Wider themes include: distortion (both sound and social), the colonization of paganism by Christianity, white supremacy, bro culture (because we totally need more poems about that), gender ambiguous fashion in the 70's and 80's, Satanism, and more.  

Keep in mind, this is a celebration and an interrogation of the genre. Certain sub-genres of metal are linked to violence, sexism, and white supremacy. Others, like Boston doom metal band Fórn, are actively fundraising for Black Lives Matter. So dig deep, go dark, and send us your best. Corpse paint optional. Submit your poems to metal@poetryisdead.ca by July 15, 2018!

Reviews of contemporary Canadian poetry can be sent to ben@poetryisdead.ca.


Carleigh Baker is a Cree-Metis/Icelandic writer who lives as a guest on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Essays, PRISM International, Matrix, and The Journey Prize Anthology. She also writes reviews for the Globe and Mail, the Literary Review of Canada, and the Malahat Review. Baker is a an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver editor at Joyland Magazine. Her debut story collection, Bad Endings (Anvil, 2017) won the 2017 City of Vancouver Book Award, and was a finalist for the for the Rogers Writers' Trust Award.

David James Brock is a playwright, poet, and librettist whose plays and operas have been performed in cities across Canada, the US, and the UK. He is the winner of the 2011 Herman Voaden Canadian National Playwriting Award for his play Wet. Brock’s debut poetry collection, Everyone is CO2, was released by Wolsak & Wynn in spring 2014 and his second collection, Ten-Headed Alien, was just released in March of 2018.