I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych (Paperback)

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"These weren't my lungs, really, these weren't my ugly gasps. It was as though they were being expelled from me. Vomited up. Like I was simply a vessel for someone else's life.
I don't know how else to explain it."
In this slim collection of personal essays, an introspective analysis of a woman's life lived in a world shaped under the male gaze meets a breakdown of consciousness, conscience, illness, and power. Guided between topics by crushingly frank language bordering on sublime, Boutsikaris' lived experience overcomes the reader in a tidal wave.

— Parke


“ No one is safe from Nina Boutsikaris’ gaze in this book— she looks at the world and people around her just as intensely as she turns her gaze inward, questioning her desires, her actions, and asking what it means to see something for what it truly is. I’ m Trying to Tell You I’ m Sorry pairs art with experience, youth with introspection, and gender with power— the dance between these topics makes for an utterly absorbing read.” — Chelsea Hodson

About the Author

Nina Boutsikaris' essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Third Coast, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere, and were listed among the Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2019 and Best American Essays 2016. Her short memoir “ Surrender” was anthologized in the book, The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction. She has taught at The University of Arizona (where she earned her MFA), Eugene Lang College, Catapult, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She lives in the Hudson Valley where she works as an archivist. She is currently writing her second book.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781625577139
ISBN-10: 1625577133
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2019
Pages: 116
Language: English