"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.
Alex Dimitrov is the author of Together and by Ourselves (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook American Boys (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2012). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize. His poems have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Tin House, Boston Review, and the American Poetry Review. He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edits the popular online series Poem-a-Day and American Poets magazine. He has taught creative writing at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Marymount Manhattan College, Bennington College, and lives in New York City.
“Full of fierce astonishment, Dimitrov's wide-eyed collection asks us as humans—'Some brutes who screamed / for everything to look at us'—to take a moment and gaze back out at the world. Because ‘to be queer / is a way to forgive life,' what we might find there is comfort and pleasure: 'I love opening a window in a room/ I love the feeling of possibility by the end of the first cup of / coffee.' Written with the winking intimacy of a Twitter DM, these poems suggest that even aloneness can be a shared experience.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“A highly pleasurable, heavily Frank O’Hara–influenced collection in love with moments and New York City and the aesthetics of cyclical ephemerality (see 'November': 'Is the first snow just snow./It feels like more'), full of exuberance and wistfulness, longing and joy.”—New York Times
“Joyous and captivating . . . Meditations on humanity’s search for meaning are handled with wit and vulnerability. . . . In this affecting collection, his most fully achieved thus far, Dimitrov provides the reader with a needed celebration of pleasures.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Over the past few weeks, I’ve savored Alex Dimitrov’s incredible collection Love and Other Poems. Go read “New York" right now to fall in love (again) with the city—and his work."—Key West Florida Weekly
"An epic ode to the people, places and things that strike Dimitrov's fancy. Love and Other Poems is the perfect read for anyone who feels in love with this astonishing world—or needs that love rekindled.”—Columbia Tribune
"This is a collection of romantic and dramatic poetry and lovely moments that can be opened and read at any time of the night or day. Rich, layered, and meaningful, every poem is a moment of reflection that’s worth having.”—BizNews
“The poetry of Alex Dimitrov stays in the present. It’s the essence of contemporary. A living voice, an urbane voice, overstimulated and sweet and stylish and aware. . . . [It] is casual, open aesthete, open-hearted in a way that doesn’t forgo acid worldliness. No one could call his lines naïve, and yet they record—almost can’t help themselves—moments of awe, happiness, painful clarity, or, the beauty of true feeling, up or down. In that sense, Dimitrov is a first-class artist of the art of feeling, of giving a mood a shape in language. And here is a poet who understands the stakes of that, infuses his art with that understanding, whose art-for-art’s-sake is built not on an evasion or denial of the harsh everyday politics of the world, but in a rebuke to its dominion over things, a revenge on it, a claiming of what’s vibrant in the moments of our lives.”—Jesse Nathan, McSweeney’s
"By pushing beyond the barriers of the traditional poem, Dimitrov has not only crafted an original type of love poem for our new age; but he’s also allowed his writing process to include an epistolary exchange with readers."—Hooligan Mag