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About metonymicalpen

I have taken up several professions in the pursuit of passion-and bread for my family-the knowledge through such sources gained will fill out the pages of this blog: I have worked by hand and brain, fixed and cleaned, cooked and carried, painted, written, and taught. My time is increasingly devoted to the unification of my collection of professions into a single creative aesthetic. My pen is a metonymical point, a stand-in fulcrum around which the associative qualities of my life are geared.

New Meto-news and Online Journal Love


Spoke too soon! Another of my stories, “The Hummingbird Murder”, is currently live at theNewerYork. For the longest time I had been hanging around their venue, enjoying their unusual format and the way work is presented there. Only recently did … Continue reading

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Meto-news


 My short story, “My Grandmother, Lily, Says a Few Words About Brooding”, appears in the current edition of Clockhouse. I’ve gone a bit fan-girl realizing that my favorite American poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, also appears in this edition. I was … Continue reading

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Ceremony


Consider this conversation I had with my nine year old today: “I need some stuff so I can write a letter to my cousins.” “That’s a great idea. What do you need?” “Pajamas, purple ink pens, lined paper, a cup … Continue reading

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Permission


Have you ever heard sage warnings about how hard it is to make it in the arts, about how many dues you have to pay and how unlikely it is that you have the goods (read: talent) to pay them … Continue reading

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Meto-News


Pick up a copy of the new Redivider, issue 11.1 in which you will find my Beacon Street Fiction Prize winning story, “House of Broken Dishes”. I was incredibly freaked out in all the right ways to get this award, … Continue reading

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Confessional List of an AWP Virgin


1 Dear AWP, You are a beautiful behemoth. I will ride dozens of your millions of corpuscles and arrive somewhere vital, fixated. XO, Overwhelmed Conference Virgin 2 Notes Taken During a Panel In a central circle, middle of the page: … Continue reading

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Where O Where Has Metopen Been?


Well, who knew a blog could induce such a sense of obligation? I regret my absence of new posts for the last two weeks, but I was kind of busy. For the last few weeks, my household has been on … Continue reading

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Pirates are Good Teachers: A Critical Rhetorical Review of Donald Barthelme’s Forty Stories


“‘Art must claw at the neck of the bourgeois as the lion does at the horse,’ says the German artist Dieter Hacker, reprising an old, old tune. Absolutely. Absolutely absolutely absolutely.” In 2009, Donald Barthelme was described as “[...] a … Continue reading

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Metonymical Pen: The Facebook Page


For those of you who also like Facebook, I have a Facebook page that I update every so often. If you are interested, you can find Metonymical Pen: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MetonymicalPen.

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While I Write, My Dog Waits for Me


I had a lot of work to do this week. A deadline loomed beyond the sunny land of day like a wheel of sharks’ teeth waiting at the end of a seven day drift on a paper raft down a … Continue reading

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