Submissions are open!

Submissions for Poictesme’s 2014-2015 journal are open! We are looking for the best student writing and art to fill our anthology. The submission deadline has been extended to February 5th, 2015. Please refer to our submission guidelines for more information.

Rabble is Here

The second installment of Poictesme‘s chapbook, Rabble, is here. This publication features the extraordinary work of the ordinary people of VCU. This time around we focused on the chimerical, with stories, poetry, and art of the wildly fanciful and unrealistic….

Good Timing: An Interview with Claudia Emerson

  From the Spring 2014 issue of Poictesme By Hannah Morgan Illustration by Megan Goldfarb If there was any doubt before, I know I really like a poet when an image of his or hers gets stuck in my head,…

Thumb Movements

Pollice Verso is a painting by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme that features the famous thumbs up or thumbs down gesture given to decide the fate of a defeated gladiator. In this case, the secutor has defeated the retiarius, two different types of gladiators that…

Yeats and Otherworldly Inspiration

by Ishan Bose For many writers, inspiration can come from strange places, but W.B. Yeats takes the crown. One of the most notable influences on poetry of William Butler Yeats was his experiences and fascination with the occult and mysticism….

Spoken Word: The Negro Speaks of Rivers

The Negro Speaks of Rivers Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)   I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers….