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”

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”