eve at large // barcelona vignettes

V took a three day trip to Barcelona to visit a friend and see Lorde in concert. Here she divulges blinks of her trip without all the boring in-betweens.

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Cast of Barcelona Vignettes (in order of appearance):

Millie: my close friend who I was staying with in Barcelona.

The cynic: Noud, Millie’s friend from her art lessons.

Myrthe: another of Millie’s friends from art college.

Julia: Pastry-eating pal I met at the Lorde concert.

Gloria: Millie’s elderly landlady

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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.

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photo by Kat Garcia // Unsplash

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.

I read about Manto Mavrogenous’ heroism as a leader-warrior during the Greek War of Independence—leading her armada to war.

I look in the past and I can’t help but wonder; how progressive are we entitled to call ourselves today?

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Thoughts and Prayers

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and the board have called an emergency meeting. This is their seventh emergency meeting of the year. It’s February. A line of white men pour into the conference room, all visibly shaken; some of them are wearing golf clothes, Mr Evans is still in his pyjamas. His lazy Sunday had been snatched away from him. His wife was at home making brunch for him and his two children when he got the call.

“Thank you all for coming at such short notice,” said Mr Johnson once the men had been seated and the hubbub had died down. Patricia, his secretary, was staring at him from under her glasses, as she sat in the corner ready to type up the minutes. She had half a mind to just copy paste the minutes from the last emergency meeting. Maybe next time she would, just to make a point. Then again, maybe she would just get the point across by staring at Mr Johnson from under her glasses.

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Notes on Regaining Autonomy II // Loss and Loneliness

Boshemia staff Elisha writes from her very core in the second installment of “Notes on Regaining Autonomy“.

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The passing of time is a strange and powerful entity.

The proverbial saying is that time heals all wounds.

But what time masterfully produces in equal part,

Is the culling of experiences:

A “collected works” comprised of joy, struggle, learning, love, and loss.

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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.

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photogaphy by John Towner

We have just finished making love. I am lying in your bed,

vaguely aware of the differences in our consciousness.

In the stillness, I blink away the seductive sirens of sleep.

We made love for over an hour,

Or maybe it was closer to like.

Good-enough, for this moment.

Almost me and you.

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Bo-Arts // the poetry of Jenny Moran

Bo-Arts is an ongoing arts and creative writing initiative to give a larger audience to emerging creatives. Our goal is to provide a platform for feminist artists to share and discuss their work. 

This selection of poetry is brought to you by Jenny Moran. Jenny is an Irish student and writer. She co-founded Trinity College Dublin’s feminist journal “nemesis” in 2016, and has been previously published by Icarus, Campus.ie, and Unpredictapple.

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a letter to America, on her birthday

From guest writer Erin Ammon, musing on Independence Day about her tortured romance with the mythical dream of America the Beautiful.

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photo by Kirsten Miller

America,

You and I have known each other for a while now.

In the early days, it never ceased to amaze me how you could take any problem and solve it, bend fate to your will.

You were so beautiful, the way the sun reflected off of your rolling hills, and the way the wind blew across your body with rapture and fury.

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