Together and by Ourselves, Alex Dimitrov’s second book of poems, takes on broad existential questions and the reality of our current moment: being seemingly connected to one another, yet emotionally alone. Through a collage aesthetic and a multiplicity of voices, these poems take us from coast to coast, New York to L.A., and toward uneasy questions about intimacy, love, death, and the human spirit. Dimitrov critiques America’s long-lasting obsessions with money, celebrity, and escapism—whether in our personal, professional, or family lives. What defines a life? Is love ever enough? Who are we when together and who are we by ourselves? These questions echo throughout the poems, which resist easy answers. The voice is both heartfelt and skeptical, bruised yet playful, and always deeply introspective.
“Dimitrov is a vital new energy in American poetry.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“Truth-telling, raw, fierce with feeling.” —Brenda Shaughnessy
“Dimitrov can sound at once hip and naive, devoted to the sincerities that other sorts of poets reject or obscure.” —Publishers Weekly