Poictesme’s Editor, Lauren Chartuk, recently bought an unassuming book that had a spooky surprise in store, when she uncovered an inserted photo.  One idyllic Saturday afternoon, I took a walk around a Richmond neighborhood and I ducked into Black Swan Books, a rare book dealer – these kinds of shops prefer “dealer” over seller. I wondered the tall stacks, careful not to touch anything, merely smelling the old beautiful books. In one particularly tucked back corner I found a little brown book. I reached up…Continue Reading “Little Journey into the Grim”

Junot Diaz at VCU

Junot Díaz, Dominican-American author, came to VCU’s campus Tuesday, September 12th, and it became apparent very quickly he did not come to talk about his books. With a casualness unexpected for the topics at hand, Professor Díaz went straight into his insightful perspective on the current state of American political affairs. His talk ranged from thoughts on community and education to patriarchy and privilege, and all the points that connect these aspects of our lives. Díaz disrupted the flow of a traditional reading by starting…Continue Reading “Junot Diaz at VCU”

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 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””

creative nonfiction by Mashalla Mukadam I don’t mean to go to bed at 8:30 in the evening. I lay down in my queen-sized bed with my one-year-old son, in hopes he will fall asleep quickly, so that I can come back into the living room with you. Sometimes, I find myself falling asleep with him, waking up in the morning barely remembering getting in to bed. Sleep is a powerful thing and shown very valuable for raising a child. When I tell you I’ll come back,…Continue Reading “Sleeping At Night”