It came from Caleb Warner

Caleb Warner’s story “The Cartographer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 November 2016. This story really first came into being as a prose poem that I wrote for an introductory poetry class I took years ago. The primary image I began with was that of a little girl looking up at a telephone pole. I had no other context in my head other than just that image. A lot of my ideas start this…

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The Cartographer – Caleb Warner

Ursula The girl returned to the abandoned trailer park with a road sign strapped to her back, a sacrifice for the man in the telephone pole. Cradled by the river, the trailer park sat, rusting. The entrance gate read Green Meadows, but the only green things left were the corroded copper-wire antennas and the piles of old road signs. Nothing truly green could grow in that black, clay-packed soil—even when the spring rains came and…

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A question for Caleb Warner

Q: What’s better: writing or having written?

A: Both. It depends. That question is hard to answer because writing (at least for me) is very much story to story. What I mean by that is each story is its own world that informs the process involved in creating it. Sometimes the first draft of the story is the best part of the process, where you’re just banging out page after page in some kind of whirlwind, but after that, I usually find myself dreading the revision of said story. So ‘having written’ in that context is not as good as the actual writing. Then there are those stories where it feels like pulling teeth just to get a few words down. So writing is not at its best then either. At the end of the day, I think they’re both great and they are both awful.


Caleb Warner’s story “The Cartographer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.

About Caleb Warner

Caleb Warner was born and raised in Indiana, in the Whitewater River Valley basin. Here he fostered a love for wilderness conservation, primitive living skills, and writing. He still lives there, working as an assistant to the director of the Writing Center at Indiana University East.


Caleb Warner’s story “The Cartographer” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 4 November 2016. Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.