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”