Metaphor, Weber State University’s interdisciplinary journal, is published
each spring semester, giving voice to the creative community on campus for
twenty-seven years. Metaphor is staffed entirely by WSU students.
Funding for the journal comes primarily from student fees. Metaphor is
distributed free of charge.
Copyright © 2008 by individual authors, artists and composers.
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Metaphor accepts submissions in art, poetry, fiction, and academic literature
from students of Weber State University and students who submit to the
National Undergraduate Literature Conference.
Metaphor uses a blind submission process. The author of each piece is un-
known until that piece is chosen for publication.
Cover design by Matt Glass.
Layout and design by Cynthia Loveland and Brittanie Stumpp
VOLUME XXVII · 2008
Square, September 2003
Adam M. Allred
Diamonds in the Moonlight 3
Spirit of the Sea
A Preacher in the Traffic
Chart the Stars
everything is supposed 11
to be cool
Reflections through the
Before the Subway
Sleeping Near an Open
Flame: for Aiden
Having said what I have
meant to said
I warned myself about
In the Stuff of Disquiet
Rykki Lynn Olson
Up in the Air
A Summer without Dark
Dance of Betrayal
Gail G. Schimmelpfennig
To Steve, My Lover’s
Flotsam and Jetsom
Lament for Darfur
Little City Trees
Partaking of the Eternal: 50
The Ecofeminist Paradigm of Legacy
in Louise Erdrich’s Luna
Visual Arts u
Say, Why Are You
Pressing My Hand
The Boat Tree
“i am tree”
Things that have to
Trike Kid Rides Again
Selections from the
Unfaithful Farmer Wife 69
View Camera Still
Jamie A. Kyle
The History of the Color
Academic Literature u
Evolving Themes of Man and Nature
Stuffed and Preserved:
Development of Ecological
Crisis in “A White Heron”
Creative Writing u
How to be an auspicious
The good fishin’
100 Morgan Lane
How to Succeed at
106 Adrian Stumpp
The day Shelby died
113 Anita Wahlstrom
The face of dreams
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle
with human emotions.
Buried in each story and painting, sleeping under sentences and
snapshots, and tangled with a word or note lies the definition of
humanity. There we find the memory of our fears and uncertainties.
There we catch the odor of hope. And there, well within our grasp,
but often beyond our understanding, we find ourselves. An image, a
phrase, a melody…we are the culmination of those, bound together
This journal is a history of us—the students of Weber State Univer-
sity in 2007. In all our balancing, preparing, and not-sleeping, we’ve
come together to create this beautiful record of our humanity—our
footprint in the shifting crust.
There are always a few who go above and beyond without protest—
those who see a need and fill it—those who anticipate a need and
cover it. Their genuine concern and passion for what they’re doing is
invaluable and uncommon. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some
of these rare ones on my staff this year. For this, I offer them my
And to the true superheroes of this collection, my children, the most
patient and unselfish people I know, I can never offer enough. But
I’ll start with lunar eclipses, matinees, sushi, airplanes, religions of
the world…and see where that takes them.
The best poems communicate beyond the words on a page.
A poem should make use of rhythm, vivid imagery, tone, and
other poetic devices, but it must also do something more. This
something more encourages multiple readings of the poem,
and it invites readers to go a little deeper. Ultimately, they are
exercises in discovery.
We enjoyed reading the submissions to Metaphor this year. The
poems we selected were those that impressed us most. They
were the poems that seemed to do something more.
We appreciate the work that went into each of the submissions
and are pleased to share the following work.
Rykki Lynn Olson