From poetry

We Were Not in Love

Gail Webb wrote this poem during Boshemia’s Made-in-a-Day Zine workshop with Dizzy Ink. The theme of the zine was Nostalgia. Look for more of her poetry in the upcoming ORIGINS issue of Boshemia Magazine.    WE WERE NOT IN LOVE We were not in love  Though we listened to 10cc Day after day it gave…

Before It Happened

CW: sexual assault.    you have to understand who i was before it happened.   youth surged through my veins seeped from every pore filled my sanguine lungs laced every breath. young and fun and a little dumb, in my prime.   age five, high tide some cloudy beach each collapsing wave dissolves into glitter…

Blood Memory

CW: sexual assault, rape. Photography by Claudia Soraya.   I could not open like a flower I clenched, unblooming I writhed   A kind relic from days of glass thermometers and mercury medicine squeezes my hand, holds my wrist the attending doctor bracing herself on my inner thigh, her head between my legs as she props…

Oh, New York and Who We Were There

E spent a weekend in New York, learning the story of how her family came to America via Brooklyn. This poem centers on her lived experiences of New York—as a place and entity— capturing also the tensions between Brooklyn of yesterday and today.   Behold, Brooklyn: I see all of your promise.   your children…

dear spencer letters // the poetics of a love story, reimagined

A poet previously published in the Bo-Arts series, Anna Aileen See-Jachowski shares another series of poetry with Boshemia. Written in the styling of the letters from Katharine Hepburn to Spencer Tracy, Anna’s poetry is a love story reimagined in a contemporary context. These are love letters 1 & 2 of 6.   

Notes on Regaining Autonomy: Part III

Elisha (P) returns to her poetry-prose installment, Notes on Regaining Autonomy. Take a moment to reflect on where you were a year ago; how vastly different your life is now, how vastly different you are now, how immense the gulf between then and now seems. Remember how you felt as though you would surely drown…

A Manifesto on a Woman’s Role in Modern Greece

Guest writer Margarita Chala writes her debut work for Boshemia on the role of women in modern Greece. Margarita is writer, mother, and dreamer from Andros. I look in the past, in those moments when women defiantly wrote their own chapters in history—I seek them out: I read Sappho’s poetry. I read about Aspasia’s influence on matters of politics during one of the most celebrated periods of culture, prosperity and Democracy, the Golden Age of Athens. I get lost in the splendour of Maria Callas’ voice. I read about Kallirhoe Parren, the first Greek feminist, journalist and publisher in 1888.…

Cole Sprouse // Instagram as a Medium for Poetry

from Eve Jones — UK intern at Boshemia. Cole Sprouse may be known to you as Cody from Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, he may be known to you as the kid from Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, or even, most recently never-takes-his-hat-off Jughead from Netflix’s Riverdale. I too enjoyed his introverted character and, admittedly, his face in Riverdale, but after following his instagram account I was surprised by the nuance of his photography and poetic captions. There’s a lot of rubbish on social media; I don’t particularly care for a standard selfie, nor am I especially riveted by what…

Beyond Words // the Language of Otherness

Guest post by Juliette Rapp. Juliette is an American post-grad gone rogue who moved to Rome last year in search of “something to write about.” She hopes to one day move to a small village in a seaside cliff, become a recluse, and write taunting letters to her student loan providers. In her free verse, she writes about navigating the lexical gap between bilingual lovers, at once made Other by their cultures and the emotional residue they bring to each other. We have just finished making love. I am lying in your bed, vaguely aware of the differences in our consciousness.…