In its unabashed celebration of love and the hungry embrace of life, Love and Other Poems is the perfect tonic for our fraught times: it will make you feel less alone.
'It fizzes like a just-opened bottle of soda. It sprints like the Beatles running through a train station. It talks a mile a minute like a person swept away in the druggy lunacy of a serious crush... There have been moments when, for me, its effervescence has failed to rhyme with the despondency of these days. But far more often, Love and Other Poems has felt like a long-awaited remedy' New York Times
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 - Alex 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 never resists joy, even in despair. These poems are curious about who we are as people and shamelessly interested in hope.
It's the kind of surprise that makes you smile and nod, like catching a glimpse of the full moon in the middle of the day
vulnerability and loneliness are palpable enough to, perhaps deliberately, make the reader feel less alone
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- Publishers Weekly, starred review
- NPR's Morning Edition
In this affecting collection, his most fully achieved thus far, Dimitrov provides the reader with a needed celebration of
- O, The Oprah Magazine
Love and Other Poems has felt like a long-awaited remedy
Written with the winking intimacy of a Twitter DM, these poems suggest that even aloneness can be a shared experience
- New York Times
Pleasure, annoyance, boredom, spiritual awakening - we feel it all. And as the poems travel through time, the poet's