Charles Dodgson and Lewis Carroll: A Double Life

by Bryce Melton Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a mathematics lecturer at the University of Oxford from 1855 to his death in 1898.  He taught and wrote on the subjects of geometry and mathematical logic, and although he was popular with students and colleagues, but didn’t make any noteworthy contributions to the field. Lewis Carroll is the renowned author of classics in the nonsense genre, including the famous Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. His work has resonated through…Continue Reading “Charles Dodgson and Lewis Carroll: A Double Life”

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.

Notes on the Phantom Tollbooth

by Taylor Manigoult My literary childhood just started this summer when I read The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis for the first time. After that, I felt whimsical, intrigued, and also resentful of my mother for keeping me away from these fantasy worlds. When I was a child she fed me the folktales of African slaves in America, among other socially heavy readings. The best book I read this summer was a children’s novel called The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This book didn’t mention…Continue Reading “Notes on the Phantom Tollbooth”


The Poictesme staff has started work on our 2nd issue of our Fall chapbook. Last year,we published the chapbook Cobblestone(s), an architecture-themed collection of prose, poetry and illustration. This year, we have decided to call the chapbook Rabble, paying homage to the  novelist James Branch Cabell.

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