we used to lay beneath each Sunday, hungry, hands like mouths on our answers, like tarnish on silver: didn’t we know   the roots would remain—rely on the shade— permanence and god and love? Gentle wind, didn’t we know invincible? And what do we know now? Her father owned guns.   My father was one. Watch her walk away, steadying the ark of herself on the bark of Chinaberry Trees when the wind blows. Always, see the brilliance falling out of   her, falling out…Continue Reading “What happened to the Chinaberry Trees by Clarissa Kendall”

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”

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. Copies are limited so come pick one up from VCU’s Student Media Center and from Poictesme stands around campus. Our cover art was done by Ameorry Luo and the book design was done by Veronica Sung. Rabble features writing by Richard DiCiccio, Tomas Daniel Peters,…Continue Reading “Rabble is Here”

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, like a song will. When I think of Wallace Stevens, I see columns of light reflected on, an otherwise, black sea. With Dickinson, it is that buzzing fly. I think these images stick with me because they are so full of meaning that they form…Continue Reading “Good Timing: An Interview with Claudia Emerson”

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 are often pitted against each other. The victor looks up to a group of vestals who are not voting in the pleading defeated’s favor. In the shadows, you can see the emperor sitting among other nobles, and past them there is a huge crowd of…Continue Reading “Thumb Movements”