The Devil's Quill

A Message From Your Landlady

Sarah Ouyang, Nonfiction Editor

June 8, 2020

Dear tenant, You have not paid rent for 18 years But that’s OK -- That’s alright with me, Because now the interest has accumulated And you’ll be slaving away for me For the rest of your life. I gave you not ...

I Hope You Find Your Voice Again by Caroline Laversa

March 16, 2020

I Hope You Find Your Voice Again I’m bad at painting my nails I think it’s because my hands used to shake They did that a lot Remember how the paint would be all over my fingertips You must have noticed, or maybe I told yo...

Describe by Austin Segal

March 9, 2020

Why can I describe you only by the scent of spring’s arrival, Of the outdoors fertile by pollen, Of newborn leaves alive and months from falling?   Why can I describe you only by streetlights illuminating ...

Not Fair and Lovely by Dhristi Raval

March 8, 2020

I will never be Fair and Lovely.   When I was 9 years old,  I wanted to be a Bollywood actress,  I was young and excited to pursue my dreams,  But little did I know they would come bursting at the seams. &n...

When the Moon Dreams by Lael Keller

March 2, 2020

The moon dreams of distant delights distinct with dreary day The water waves its wishes with the wind The brutal breeze blows bitter beams of woe The forest of trees standing silent still do know That beneath the mighty...

A Butterflies Magic by Lael Keller

February 24, 2020

A butterfly beats Slowly in my chest Tickling my swelling heart In the most sincere and simplest way A butterfly beats To save my swooning soul A butterfly beats And turns diamonds from coal A butterfly...

To Love or Not to Love

Julia Schnarr

February 3, 2020

To love or not to love, a path I choose with dismay. To let the memories of those I love go or keep warm in my mind during the day.   Youth marks our first encounters, Those so complicated, so profound. Those I don’...


Lael Keller, Co-president

January 6, 2020

Plop! Plop! Plop! Rain Rain come again Falling upon fragile rooftops Fading into sinful streams  Sighing a breathe of relief  This is the rain’s belief  That it can wash away All the insane pain Pausing in the midst of...


Julia Schnarr

December 2, 2019

Black street blue Bentley steady pace eerie night. Small bump cross roads trees stand upright. Slow down keep parked glow red  then green. Rain falls down window large car unseen. Speed up cause panic swerve left ...

Dusk by Lael Keller

October 21, 2019

Dusk   We seek wishes At dusk We seek our endless dreams Hidden by shameless schemes Everything is not what it seems At dusk The windows are closed tight But blinds open for light We hear the ca...

Ocean Abyss by Lael Keller

October 21, 2019

Ocean Abyss   Blue ocean nights Staring out into the sunset As the water waves goodbye And all there was left Was you and I   I looked out into the vast world Beyond our smitten eyes And...

The Notre Dame Is Burning

Kendall Kalustyan, Vice President

May 6, 2019

They say the Notre Dame is burning. They say the flames licked the heavens as if to spite the very god they were built to worship. I imagine Michael Brown’s cheek felt the same heat as the asphalt scarred his cheek as...

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