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Flash Fiction Love Goes On


  What a wonderful week of talking to people about flash fiction. While I percolate various–varied–expressive feedback in praise, love, ambivalence, or contempt for the form, I thought it would be nice to offer up a beautiful Russell Banks quote. Of short-short fiction, Banks once … 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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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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A Meeting on the Road


        Look down from these tranquil heights of Jebel Osha, above the noiseful, squalid little city of Es Salt, and you see what Moses saw when he climbed Mount Pisgah and looked upon the Promised Land which he was never … Continue reading

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