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.
“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
“The third book from Dimitrov speaks directly to the reader as it praises the world and everything in it over the 12 months of the year.”—Publishers Weekly
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O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “32 LGBTQ Books That Will Change the Literary Landscape in 2021”