image source words by Sylvia Jones   i am i be –De La Soul Letters to My Daughter pulsing;  a phantom limb borrowed equipped me to love my mother. You personified debonair You fashioned me a skeptic so I was prepared for shortcomings and backfires, anticipating what looks like progress; a moonwalk, an illusion of forward.   Lorde, Hooks, Dove, Giovanni, Raab, Boyle can be blamed too. But without you  Maya, I am disarranged. Come back and teach us how to listen better. After they krooned your death…Continue Reading “Angelou Street”

ATTENTION! The deadline for the Spring 2016 issue of Poictesme March 1st! Please submit any prose, poetry, or work of art to pwatem@gmail.com as soon as possible. We are depending on your continued contributions and support. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our second  edition of Rabble as well, which are distributed around campus. We’ve been patiently accepting submissions for our annual journal which will be released later in the spring. We’ve put together a unique group of adds together, we feel represent each department of the…Continue Reading “Deadline Announcement”

words by Brandon Hendrick painting by Norman Rockwell Baseball is a sport defined by a clear logic. There are a set of rules that each team must follow to determine the victor. Within this structure, the ideas of unpredictability and chance are allowed to exist.  A number of authors, notably American, have used baseball as an influence on the fiction they create. Perhaps the most famous example of this is Robert Coover’s 1968 classic, The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh. In this novel a…Continue Reading “Unpredictability and Chance: Baseball in Fiction”

Words by Jessie Kraemer Illustration by Megan Goldfarb “In the deepest hour of the night, confess to yourself that you would die if you were forbidden to write. And look deep into your heart where it spreads its roots, the answer, and ask yourself, must I write?” – Rainer Maria Rilke from “Letters to a Young Poet” The quote above is tattooed on Lady Gaga’s left arm. Rainer Rilke permeates odd corners of American pop culture, but in his native home of Germany he’s a…Continue Reading “Rainer Rilke and Oft-Tattooed Reasoning”

Words by Megan Goldfarb Illustration from John Tenniel, Original Illustrator Lewis Carroll’s of Alice and Wonderland The very keen reader can find mathematics woven into the story of Alice in Wonderland. Author Lewis Carroll was a conservative mathematician who opposed new additions to math such as the unit of time, which had been introduced to new arithmetic. This was the reason why Time was not invited to the tea party between the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse, and Alice; it is one point in the…Continue Reading ““If you knew Time as well as I do””

We’re excited to announce that Poictesme is now accepting submissions for our upcoming 2015-2016 journal! VCU has lots of talented artists and writers, and we want your artwork, prose, and poetry, so that it can be featured in our next anthology. You can submit as many pieces as you want, and we’ll look at each individually. We’ve had great past journals filled with great student work, and we hope that this year is no different. So send your work to pwatem@gmail.com and see our submissions page for more details.

Rabble is Still Accepting Submissions

Poictesme’s chapbook companion Rabble is still accepting submissions until our new and official deadline of September 10th. Please submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction pieces to pwatem@gmail.com. Our theme for this year’s chapbook is Noise.   Noise (n) : a loud or unpleasant sound : a sound that someone or something makes : unwanted electronic signals that harm the quality of something (such as a radio or television broadcast or a digital photograph) : irrelevant or meaningless data or output occurring along with desired information   All work which pertains to this themed will…Continue Reading “Rabble is Still Accepting Submissions”