The Bombay Gin

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Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman—at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Edited by students and department faculty, Bombay Gin publishes innovative poetry, prose and hybrid texts as well as art, translations, interviews, and online multimedia content. Emerging from the Outrider or left-hand lineage, which operates outside the cultural mainstream, Bombay Gin honors a heritage of powerful scholarship and counter-poetics through the publication of work that challenges the boundaries of language, form, and genre.


Bombay Gin #44

A CONSTELLATION OF GHOSTS


There is an iridescent string connecting what has been to what can’t be avoided. It transcends planes of time, our realm of the living, the sentence & syllable.


In the center is writer, surrounded by pinpricks of light and yellow photographs spilling from a shoe box. In the center is now, surrounded by an echo of the past.

 

In the center is you.

 

Tell us a history, a fading memory, an obsession.

 

What will not let go of you? Who are the specters behind images you make and stories you tell? Where does the howl of your verse come from, with whose lips do you speak?

 

[Go on, we’re listening.]

 

Show us the tarnished ring your grandmother wore, the smoke from a burned down house, the reflection of a moon on your bedroom window.

 

Give us your ghost stories, dark secrets, and spells.

Tell us what haunts you.


General submission guidelines:

For our print issue, we welcome submissions of prose, poetry, and cross-genre work, interviews and non-fiction, and two-dimensional visual art in black-and-white and color. For our online content, we welcome all of the above in addition to audiovisual content. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; prose, cross-genre, interviews, and non-fiction submissions should generally consist of no more than 15 pages; art, music, and video submissions should be limited to 5 pieces. Please include a 100 word bio, email, and mailing address with your submission. We read following the submission deadline and won't have a response for your work until after then, but general inquiries can be sent to bgin@naropa.edu, and more information can be found on our website, bombayginjournal.com.