Burials by Despy Boutris (Inch #50)


by Despy Boutris

Inch #50, Spring 2022
17 pages, saddle-stapled
ISSN: 1932-6149

release date: March 29, 2022


The stories in Despy Boutris’ Burials represent a contemporary queering of the “rural Gothic”: a coming-of-age narrative that interrogates familial relationships, abuse, grief, guilt, trauma, and sexuality, in a pastoral landscape that can be tender and nostalgic and yet threatening underneath. The trials and tribulations of girlhood in a small town are complicated further as the narrator explores her sapphic desires—but what begins with secrecy in the narrator transforms into a space of solace and safety, and a refusal to be silenced or ignored within a heteronormative society. With rich and emotive prose that carries the sonic texture and rhythmic cadence of poetry, Despy Boutris expertly weaves a powerful account of the ache and awe of adolescence.

Includes the stories “Ars Poetica,” “Summer’s Lessons,” “Drought,” “Burials,” “Rewriting History,” “Forest Elegy,” “Tryst,” “What My Parents Taught Me,” “Portrait of an Alcoholic,” “Departures,” “Dinner Guest,” “Spring,” “Psalm with Passing Train,” “What I Want,” and “Note to Self”

Despy Boutris’s writing has been published in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel,
Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. Currently, she lives in California, where she serves as Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.

Additional information

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 4.25 × .2 in


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