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Love and Other Poems (Paperback)

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“I don’t want to sound unreasonable/but I need to be in love immediately,” says the speaker at the beginning of Alex Dimitrov’s latest collection. “I can’t watch this sunset/on 14th street by myself.” Right away, the collection’s major themes are announced: love, self, the city of New York, the ravages of time and the devastating beauty you might find contained in each moment, if only you look for it. Throughout, Dimitrov hews closely to these matters in a voice that is frank, whimsical, conversational, and pithy. Like the New York School poets of the last century who are his most obvious forebears, he is particularly successful at poeticizing banal, diurnal experiences: riding in taxis, visiting museums, crying on street corners. The best of the poems in this collection are acerbic and urbane ruminations on the various joys and minor atrocities of being alive and American and queer and a millennial and a poet in the 21st century. Dimitrov has a romantic’s heart: each moment is fraught and full of possibility and the serendipity and happenstance of life. Here, one says, “I need to be in love immediately,” and it is easy to believe it might happen.

— Chad


Full of fierce astonishment... Written with the winking intimacy of a Twitter DM, these poems suggest that even aloneness can be a shared experience.--O, The Oprah Magazine

Alex Dimitrov's third book, Love and Other Poems, is full of praise for the world we live in. Taking time as an overarching structure--specifically, the twelve months of the year--Dimitrov elevates the everyday, and speaks directly to the reader as if the poem were a phone call or a text message. From the personal to the cosmos, the moon to New York City, the speaker is convinced that love is "our best invention." Dimitrov doesn't resist joy, even in despair. These poems are curious about who we are as people and shamelessly interested in hope.

About the Author

Alex Dimitrov is the author of Together and by Ourselves, Begging for It, and the online chapbook American Boys. With Dorothea Lasky, he is the co-author of Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac. He lives in New York City
Product Details
ISBN: 9781556595998
ISBN-10: 1556595999
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication Date: February 9th, 2021
Language: English
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