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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.

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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1,000 Days


“When do friends stop holding hands?”  My second-grader’s teacher—or maybe it was the librarian or a classroom aide, someone—had innocently admonished several girls, walking along holding hands, to enjoy it while they could. “The time’s coming,” she reportedly told them, … Continue reading

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Love, Writing & Jerusalem Artichokes


Honestly, until faced with a plate of half cooked—and yet somehow charred—Jerusalem artichokes, I had only a passing, I believe literary, awareness of them. But if you’ve been down South in summer, you’ve seen them growing by the roads, bunched … Continue reading

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Brief Hiatus


Hello everyone, The Metonymical Pen will be on a brief hiatus while the author spends time at an important eleven day residency in Port Townsend, Washington. Until then, enjoy this Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto classic.

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